Australian Design Search

IP Australia have just released the new Australian Design Search into the wild, replacing the (now) old Australian Designs Data Searching system, or ADDS.   It’s a vast improvement over the old system, although if you’re familiar with IP Australia’s efforts over the last few years you’ll see a lot in common with the Australian

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 –

Scam Alert – Unsolicited IP Services

Shelston IP has become aware of a recent increase in the number of unscrupulous companies offering unsolicited IP services. We urge our clients to treat any unexpected correspondence about their intellectual property with caution.   Such correspondence typically appears in the form of a professional looking  “invoice”, with a request for payment regarding the “publication”

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

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