Where else can I secure protection via my European patent application?

Did you know that a European patent application can be used to secure protection reaching beyond the EPC member states?  Perhaps surprisingly, a European patent application can be used to obtain protection in other territories – including some geographically remote from Europe.  This article summarises relevant information about extension states, validation states and requesting protection

Preliminary Search and Opinion and fee for patent applications in AU

Commencement of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012 in Australia on 15 April 2013 introduced a number of major changes for patents and patent applications. The more significant of these changes included: increased patentability standards a reduction in time frames for examination and the streamlining of patent opposition procedures. In addition to these