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Belinda Hartmann completes Australian Lifesaving Boat Emergency Rescue Training

Belinda Hartmann, Associate of Shelston IP spent the weekend completing Australian Lifesaving Boat Emergency Rescue Training (ALBERT) for Sydney Branch members.   The Sydney Branch of Surf Life Saving New South Wales (SLSNSW) provides a grant to bring down a team of the state’s best trainers from several northern SLS clubs for a weekend of

The Patent Office provides clarity regarding enablement of polypeptide claims

Australia has relatively recently implemented support laws that require a specification to provide sufficient information to enable the skilled person to perform an invention over the entire scope of the claims without undue burden or the need for further invention. These new support laws have been stringently applied by the Patent Office, in particular in

Out on a limb: Australian examination guidelines for patentability at odds with best global practice and Australian law

The Australian Patent Office has recently updated its guidelines for determining whether subject matter is patentable.  Unfortunately for patent applicant, the Office’s new policy has taken further steps towards limiting patentability of computer implemented inventions.  This is directly at odds with a recent resolution by the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)

Meet Shelston IP at IPBC

Shelston IP is proud to be sponsoring IPBC Australiasia, Maximising Corporate IP Value at the Sofitel Hotel Melbourne on 30 November 2017.   Intellectual Property Business Congress (IPBC) Australasia  is specifically designed for senior IP executives at the region’s leading corporates, research institutions and governmental agencies, plus emerging companies from across the industry spectrum. The IPBC

Missed an Australian patent deadline? Here’s what to do

In some jurisdictions, patent prosecution deadlines and deadlines for payment of maintenance fees (sometimes called renewal fees) are a “life and death” issue and missing a deadline can be fatal, resulting in the irretrievable loss of rights.  Australia, however, has a more lenient approach and the legislation very generously provides for extensions of time, affording

Government adopts Productivity Commission’s anti-patent principles

The Australian government has released its response to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Intellectual Property. The initial report included a number of restrictive patent provisions which the government has agreed to accept.   Firstly, the government has adopted the recommendation to abolish the innovation patent system. The innovation patent was introduced with the intent, similar to the German utility model system, to provide a reduced form

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