Ride2Work Day: What role has intellectual property played in the success of the Brompton folding bike?

It’s that time of the year again: it’s National Ride2Work Day (Wednesday 17 October 2018). With this in mind, I thought I’d take the opportunity to show my appreciation for my favourite way to travel to work: the Brompton folding bicycle. I take a brief look at the bike and the role of intellectual property

Intellectual property – strategic use and management in the resources sector

A strong IP strategy is a vital part of any business, especially in the resources sector where innovation has historically provided key competitive advantages   Dr Michael Zammit, and Scott Philp, Shelston IP Senior Associates, provide insights into the strategic role of IP for entities operating in the resources sector. To read the full article,

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

Where else can I secure protection via my European patent application?

Did you know that a European patent application can be used to secure protection reaching beyond the EPC member states?  Perhaps surprisingly, a European patent application can be used to obtain protection in other territories – including some geographically remote from Europe.  This article summarises relevant information about extension states, validation states and requesting protection

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

Three versions in two weeks: NZ refines its proposed software patent exclusion (again)

When it rains, it pours. Following several years in which “progress” was a somewhat subjective term in respect of New Zealand’s patent law reforms, the Government has again shown that they now mean business.   Previously, we mentioned that the Patents Bill 2008 was finally being prioritised by the Government, seemingly as the result of an “innovation drive”.

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