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Dyson’s Australian innovation patents help blow copy fans away

Dyson, the UK-based designer of the iconic cyclonic vacuum cleaner and AirbladeTM hand dryer, has been successfully using Australia’s innovation patent system as a key part of its global strategy for protecting its latest design revolution, the Air MultiplierTM bladeless fan. Over the past 18 years, Dyson has earned an international reputation for engineering and

Reminder: The Personal Property Securities Register deadline draws near

The new Australian Personal Property Securities Register (PPS Register) begins in October 2011. It covers securities over most personal property including intellectual property. It also covers retention of title arrangements and other interests such as chattel leases which previously did not need to be registered. While some existing security registers will be automatically migrated to

What’s a “but for”? USPTO proposes changes to duty of disclosure

Those who have filed patent applications in the US will no doubt be familiar with the onerous duty of disclosure requirements. The USPTO is currently proposing rule changes which could simplify the task of determining what should and should not be disclosed, and reduce paranoia surrounding the duty.   The Importance of Duty to Disclose

Who gets a hearing? Implementation of the “two-month deadline” for Australian divisional applications

The Australian Patent Office has been progressively implementing measures to expedite examination of divisional applications. Directions to request examination now issue within two months of filing and official reports issue within two months of examination being requested (compared to 24 months and 14 months, respectively, for non-divisional standard patent applications).   The Patent Office has

Changes raise the bar for patentability but tougher standards can be avoided

The Australian Government has now issued details of significant changes to the intellectual property regime in Australia. These include changes to raise the quality of granted patents, improve access to patented inventions for research and regulatory purposes, tighten up divisional practice, increase consistency between the Patent Office and the Courts, and improve legal privilege for

New R&D tax credit to start on 1 July 2011

Australian companies are being encouraged to become more innovative and globally competitive via a new R&D Tax Credit incentive being introduced by the Federal Government. The Bills to establish the R&D Tax Credit are currently before Parliament and the scheme is expected to commence on 1 July 2011. The new R&D Tax Credit will replace

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