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The growing medicinal cannabis market – using IP to secure opportunities in Australia

The Australian medical cannabis industry is growing rapidly, and cannabis-related businesses are starting to look to intellectual property rights to secure a competitive advantage.  This article discusses the history of medicinal cannabis, the Australian market and the types of IP that can be utilised.   Medicinal cannabis – an evolving story Cannabis has been cultivated

Save the innovation patent: Business owners have their say!  

Recently we reported on the Government’s plans to abolish Australia’s second tier patent system, the innovation patent.   The decision to abolish the innovation patent system appears to have been made without due consideration being given to the views of Australian small and medium sized business owners, the main users of the innovation patent. For

UK raises the threshold for plausibility – will Australia follow?

The UK Supreme Court has handed down its judgement in Warner-Lambert v Generics & Anr [2018] UKSC 56 in which the issue of plausibility was considered in-depth. The Supreme Court unanimously held that broad medical treatment claims were invalid, with the majority finding that the requirement of plausibility is not a low, threshold test.  This

The fate of Australia’s innovation patent – it’s like the death penalty for jaywalking

This article was recently re-published in Practical Law Australia, by Thomson Reuters Legal.  A copy of the re-published article can be found here. Australia’s second-tier innovation patent system is presently on death row. With all appeal avenues seemingly now exhausted, we ask the question – albeit somewhat academically, as to whether it necessarily has to

A ‘best practice’ approach to IP management – why it’s a good idea to consolidate your IP under one roof

We handle the intellectual property (IP) portfolios for a diverse range of clients, many of whom are large multinationals. Their IP portfolios typically include all forms of registrable rights – patents, trademarks and designs. We also often find that certain clients have many IP service providers, each of which handle one or more of those

Xenith IP Group responds to Australian Senate Economics Legislation Committee inquiry

Xenith IP Group has responded to an inquiry currently underway by the Australian Senate Economics Legislation Committee, which is considering changes to the Federal Government’s R&D tax incentive regime.  These changes are contained in the Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Multinationals Pay Their Fair Share of Tax in Australia and Other Measures) Bill 2018. The

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