Patent news from Europe: the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court move a step closer

On World IP Day (26 April 2018), it was announced that the UK has ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPC Agreement).  Now only ratification by Germany is needed for the legislation to come into force.   What is the Unitary Patent? Currently, when a European patent application is granted, it essentially becomes a “bundle”

The importance of a well-drafted patent specification

Patent attorneys work at the interface of science, law, and commerce. The fundamental prerequisites for a person to practice patent law are technical and legal qualifications. However, it is also critical to have an in-depth understanding of how products and services are commercialized in order to properly frame the patent specification and draft the claims,

Melbourne girls’ invention set to score big in tennis

It’s World Intellectual Property Day on April 26 and this year celebrates the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who are driving change around the world and shaping our common future.   In that spirit, an invention by three Melbourne schoolgirls has the potential to solve a global problem on the world’s tennis

Repair v Rebuild – when modifications to patented article will and will not enable a patentee to maintain control post-sale

Seiko Epson Corporation v Calidad Pty Ltd [2017] FCA 1403 Infringement Repair v rebuild Implied licence Mechanical Electrical   Burley J In this first instance Federal Court of Australia proceeding, Burley J considered the tension between the rights of the purchaser of a patented product, and the rights of the patentee to maintain control of

Is IP Australia intent on restricting patentable subject matter in Australia?

Between August and November 2017, IP Australia sought public comment on several Government-supported IP policies, including:   the introduction of an objects clause into the Patents Act; and amending the inventive step requirements for Australian patents. Now, IP Australia’s response to the public consultation process has been released and the news does not appear to

Shelston IP congratulates Xialene Chang, graduate of Girls Invent

Shelston IP is delighted to congratulate Xialene Chang on receiving full scholarship offerings for both Harvard and Stanford universities, following completion of her year 12 studies.   Xialene is one of the highly successful graduates of the Girls Invent program of which Shelston IP is a proud supporter. Dedicated to inspiring and motivating girls to

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