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The Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent: with Brexit Day approaching and Germany yet to ratify, time is running out…

With still no decision on whether or not a legal challenge at the German Constitutional Court is admissible, it is becoming increasingly uncertain if the new legislation for the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the unitary patent will come into force before the UK’s departure from the EU.  This article briefly outlines what the unitary

Dispute between Dunlop and Goodyear highlights importance of maintaining control over use of marks

Dispute between Dunlop and Goodyear over use and registration of DUNLOP and ‘flying D’ device mark Use by Goodyear Australia was under control of registered owner, Goodyear US Goodyear Australia’s use of marks constituted use for purposes of defending non-use action The dispute in Dunlop Aircraft Tyres Limited v The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company ([2018]

Executive changes at IP Australia – looking to the future

On August 10, Patricia Kelly retired from her position as Director General of IP Australia, after almost five years in the role. Patricia will be replaced by Michael Schwager whose current role is as acting Chief Operating Officer at the Australian government scientific research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Shelston IP

Gender Diversity Study in ASX 201-500 Companies

Xenith IP Group is proud to be leading the way in gender diversity at all levels of the organisation. A new report from the Australian Institute of Company Directors features input from Xenith chair Sibylle Krieger and non-executive director Susan Forrester, who describe the corporate benefits that flow when expert input is sought from people

New Zealand’s second-tier “Advancement” patent fails to make it to first base

In recent weeks, we’ve been following progress on New Zealand’s proposed second-tier “Advancement” patent with interest.  As we moved from first, to second and then third updates, optimism that New Zealand’s patent system would be tweaked in favour of “the little guy” quickly waned; it became apparent that support for the Bill (Patents (Advancement Patents)

A week is a long time in patent law – Australia and New Zealand both move on second-tier patent systems

As reverse manifestations go, this one was pretty good.  Within a week of our previous article, which effectively said progress toward New Zealand’s proposed second-tier Advancement patent had stalled, it then resumes in the very next Parliamentary session!   Meanwhile, across the Tasman, draft legislation that purports to cull the Innovation patent system has re-emerged.

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