Switch off with Shelston IP for Earth Hour on 24 March 2018

Earth Hour started as an Australian campaign in 2007. The campaign was designed to draw attention to tackling global warming and get people talking about what we can do to help. Since then, Earth Hour has grown to engage more than 180 countries and territories worldwide.   This year, Earth Hour will be held on

Attention SMEs in Western Australia – Innovation Vouchers Program (IVP)

There are only seven business days remaining to submit your application to the Innovation Vouchers Program (IVP).   This WA State Government initiative allows for funding of up to $20,000 per voucher to be awarded to eligible SMEs. Recipients will need to provide a net cash co-investment of matched funds at a rate no less

Shelston IP congratulates Prof Hala Zreiqat from Sydney University

Shelston IP wishes to congratulate Professor Hala Zreiqat from Sydney University, who has recently been named NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year.  She is currently Professor of Biomedical Engineering, where she founded the Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials Research Unit in 2006.   Shelston IP has been providing IP-related services to Sydney University for many years, and has been

New Zealand – Amendments to the Patents Regulations 2014 clear up a few uncertainties

New Zealand’s new Patents Act 2013 commenced on 13 September 2014, and was given effect by the accompanying Patents Regulations 2014.  Over the ensuing 3½ years, a few “uncertainties” (unintended consequences/drafting errors) have come to light.  On balance, none were deemed significant enough to warrant immediate amendment to the Regulations and indeed only one (micro-organism

The CPTPP has been signed – no United States and “IP Lite”

The “CPTPP”, otherwise known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership is what remains of the “TPPA-11” (which was itself, what remained of the  Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) Free Trade Agreement following the withdrawal of the United States).  Earlier today (8 March 2018), in Santiago, Chile, the eleven remaining signatories put pen to paper

The “gene patent” dichotomy between the US and Australia

The recent Meat & Livestock Australia Limited v Cargill, Inc (MLA) Federal Court decision has brought the significant differences that exist between Australian and US “gene patent” practice into sharp focus. These differences predominantly arise from the peculiarities of the US and AU Myriad decisions as well as the US Mayo v. Prometheus and Ariosa v.

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