World Intellectual Property Day 2020 – Innovate for a Green Future

26 April is World Intellectual Property Day, WIPO’s annual celebration of all things IP.  This year, the theme is “innovate for a green future”.  WIPO’s website perhaps sums it up best: “World IP Day 2020 puts innovation – and the IP rights that support it – at the heart of efforts to create a green

The examination “red carpet” for cleantech patent applications in Australia

In recent years, IP “buzzwords” have included superconductors, gene patents, business methods and computer software.  Society’s ever-increasing environmental awareness now dictates that “cleantech” is the latest vogue.  The Australian Patent Office offers the facility to request expedited examination of any patent application if the applicant provides good reason (this may be as vague as “commercialisation”). 

The “patent bargain” for clean technologies – altering the deal

This article was published originally in the LexisNexis Australian Intellectual Property Law Bulletin, Volume 31, Number 6, pp.111-114 (2018), and is republished here with permission. The published article can be found here. This article was has also been republished in Wolters Kluwer’s The Licensing Journal, January 2019; the republished article can be found here.   It is generally

ARENA funding for Australian Cleantech start-ups: How patents can assist

Australian start-ups are often cash-poor – and IP costs money.  We get that.  To that end, Shelston IP’s “Cleantech” team is constantly on the lookout for ways in which our local start-up community can combine the “necessary evil” of expenditure on intangible assets with funding sources specifically dedicated to such purposes.  With ARENA, we may

Making use of expedited examination for “cleantech”

In recent years, IP “buzzwords” have included superconductors, gene patents, business methods and computer software.  Society’s ever-increasing environmental awareness now dictates that “cleantech” is the latest vogue.  The Australian Patent Office offers the facility to request expedited examination of any patent application if the applicant provides good reason (this may be as vague as “commercialisation”).