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Update: New extended deadline of 31 October 2020 for requesting extensions of time at IP Australia when a deadline cannot be met due to COVID-19

IP Australia is providing free extensions of time of up to three months if a deadline cannot be met due to the effects of COVID-19.  The period for requesting such an extension has now been extended until 31 October 2020.  Depending on the ongoing impact of the pandemic, both in Australia and overseas, this period

Australian Designs – Draft Bill now released

Following on from our article of 14 May 2020, Australian Designs – Changes on the Way, we advise that the Australian Designs Exposure Draft Bill, Regulations, accompanying draft Explanatory Memorandum and Explanatory Statement have now been released.  IP Australia have invited interested parties to provide comment and Shelston IP has made a submission.   If

Combatting Counterfeiters: IP Australia’s “Smart Trade Mark” initiative

Counterfeiting can be a significant problem for brand owners and legitimate rights holders. It directly undermines legitimate business through lost sales revenue and has the potential to strain relationships between IP owners and their licensees. The sale of counterfeit products can also damage the value of the associated brand in various ways. This could be

A practical guide: Commonly asked questions during patent prosecution in Australia and New Zealand

Patent attorneys in Australia and New Zealand, so-called Trans-Tasman patent attorneys, are registered to practise under a joint registration regime.  However, the Trans-Tasman patent laws are far from harmonized. There are a number of important differences between the two jurisdictions to watch out for and we consider some of them here in respect to commonly

Tricks of the Trade: There’s a word for that (and usually many more)

When Winston Churchill said, “broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all”, he (most likely) wasn’t speaking about the words found in patent specifications.  However, in saying that, he is both right and wrong.   Old, short words would be described today as “plain English”.  Describing something in

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