Hop aboard the bullet train to Japanese patent numbering

On May 1, Japan entered a new era, known as Reiwa, following the abdication of Emperor Akihito, and, consequently, ending the Heisei era.  You may be asking, “What does this have to do with Japanese patent numbers?”, and these days the answer is “not much”, but that hasn’t always been the case.   Prior to

The “plausibility” threshold remains low in Australia

The requirement that a patent specification sufficiently enables the subject matter of the claims is particularly relevant to pharmaceutical inventions and can be a hurdle for innovators even if a claimed invention is deemed novel and inventive. In the absence of any prior art, the claimed invention can fail the enablement requirement if it is

Claim Drafting Tip: Written Description and Obviousness of Claims with Functional Features — Two Sides of the Same Coin

A recent precedential decision by the United States Federal Circuit (Nuvo Pharmaceuticals v DR. Reddy’s Laboratories (Fed Cir, No 17-2473, 15 May 2019) has provided valuable advice on the balance between obviousness and written description.  The decision reversed a final judgement of a District Court Bench Trial that found function-limited claims in US 6,926,907 and US 8,557,285

Australian Rugby League Commission – protecting its brands and golden history through IP

April 26 is World IP Day for 2019, with the theme of “Reach for Gold – IP & Sports”. Shelston Intellectual Property and Shelston Lawyers, congratulate Australian Rugby League Commission Limited (ARLC) and its related entities including New South Wales Rugby League Limited and Queensland Rugby Football League Limited for their sustained and successful efforts

World IP Day – Reaching for Gold – An interview with elite athlete and patent attorney, Allira Hudson-Gofers

Allira Hudson-Gofers is a Senior Associate at Shelston IP and Team Leader of the Engineering and ICT team. She is also an elite athlete who has represented Australia in the sports of handball and beach handball, competing in the Handball World Championships in 2007, 2009 and 2011, and in the Beach Handball World Championships in 2012,

Government urged to retain innovation patent system

An article written by Grant Shoebridge, Principal at Shelston IP, has recently been published in AMT (Australian Manufacturing Technology) magazine.  The article emphasises the importance of retaining and revising, rather than abolishing, Australia’s Innovation Patent System.   Background Innovators currently have two options for protecting inventions in Australia – the standard patent system and the

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