Executive changes at IP Australia – looking to the future

On August 10, Patricia Kelly retired from her position as Director General of IP Australia, after almost five years in the role. Patricia will be replaced by Michael Schwager whose current role is as acting Chief Operating Officer at the Australian government scientific research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Shelston IP

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 assists IP Australia with their Engaging an attorney toolkit

IP Australia recently released a toolkit that details everything you need to know about engaging a patent attorney.   Shelston IP directly assisted IP Australia with the preparation of the toolkit. As a result, Shelston IP’s client OzStar Therapeutics has been detailed in a case study on how patent attorneys and clients work together –

A classic patent arbitrage: the global patent prosecution highway

There is a new option now open to patent applicants for progressing a patent application more quickly to examination, and it is available in a number of major jurisdictions across the globe. This option is known as the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) and allows patent applicants to utilise the successful examination in one jurisdiction

Progress toward the Australia/New Zealand single economic market

We have reported previously on the impending Single Economic Market (“SEM”) reforms, as agreed between the Australian and New Zealand Governments in August 2009. The wider reforms encompass not only IP, but also competition policy, consumer protection, accounting standards, securities offerings, cross-border insolvency and company registrations. The framework thereby aims to accelerate and deepen trans-Tasman

Shelston IP uses the IP Australia eServices portal on behalf of clients

IP Australia recently introduced an online portal (known as eServices) to provide for the electronic filing of documents. Amongst other capabilities, the eServices portal enables applications for Australian patents, designs and trademarks to be filed electronically, with filings made via the portal attracting lower filing fees than filings made in paper form. Where at all possible Shelston

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