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CRCMining and SmartCap

The Cooperative Research Centre for Mining (CRCMining) has developed a baseball cap head ware technology to measure and manage drowsiness in real time, in order to overcome a significant driver fatigue problem in the coal mining industry. Known as the SmartCap Operator Fatigue Management System, the baseball cap technology solves a problem identified in the

A unitary patent examination process for Australia and New Zealand

A unitary patent examination process is soon to be established for applications before the Patent Offices of Australia and New Zealand. Whilst this is believed to be a world first, we note at the outset that any such process is at least three years away. This development is part of the Single Economic Market (SEM)

ACIP Report on patentable subject matter issued

Following the 2004 Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) report on gene patenting and human health in which it was reported that the key concept of patentable subject matter in Australia was ambiguous and obscure, the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research asked the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) to conduct a review into

Shelston IP teams up with IPitch

IPitch is an online community that helps Australian startups and investors stay connected. It presently has 453 start-ups and 23 investors registered, and receives monthly traffic of around 15,000 hits. Shelston IP has signed up to be IPitch’s exclusive legal and intellectual property service advisor for six months. This means we will be providing the IP-based

Draft Guidelines for examining software patents under New Zealand’s new Patents Act

In August 2010, we reported that the latest iteration of New Zealand’s new Patents Act purported to now exclude computer software from patentability. The proposed exclusion was not only a reversal of New Zealand’s previous position, it was also contrary to the stance taken by her major trading partners – especially Australia and the United

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