Successful Commercialisation of Your MedTech Innovation – Event Summary

Thanks to our good friends at PwC for hosting our joint breakfast event last week, where we continued to explore the successful commercialisation of MedTech innovations in WA. Carel Smit led the discussion, drawing on the valuable experiences of our panellists Sheryl Frame and Dr Matthew Oldakowski who highlighted the need to validate innovative ideas early, the challenges of raising …

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Federal Court Fails to Clarify Test for Patentability of Software Inventions in Australia

As we reported in our update last Friday, 13 September 2019, an enlarged Full Bench (five judges) of the Federal Court of Australia handed down its much-anticipated judgement in the appeal case Encompass Corporation Pty Ltd v. InfoTrack Pty Ltd [2019] FCAFC 161, in which it upheld the finding of the primary judge that the patents in suit do not …

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Is your product protected by geographical indications?

Camembert, Prosciutto, Cognac and Scotch Whisky are just some of the products affected, so if you produce these (or just enjoy them!) this will be of interest to you. The European Union (EU) is one of Australia’s largest trading partners, so why do we currently have limited access to EU markets, and how can this be improved? The answer and …

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Patentability of Software Inventions Still Murky in Australia

An enlarged Full Bench (five judges) of the Federal Court of Australia today handed down its much-anticipated judgement in the appeal case Encompass Corporation Pty Ltd v. InfoTrack Pty Ltd, in which it upheld the finding of the trial judge that the patents-in-suit do not relate to patent-eligible subject-matter (i.e. not a “manner of manufacture”) under Australian law. This case …

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Top Tech Trends of the Future

Last night the Wrays’ team joined The Churchill Club and PwC at the 2nd annual Top Trends Debate in Melbourne. Covering the areas of space, gaming, creativity and biology, 4 industry-leaders spoke on the trend they believe will most impact our lives in the very near future. Each trend discussed met the required criteria of not being obvious today, but …

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Leveraging the R&D tax incentive for your innovation

The R&D Tax Incentive is the Government’s flagship program for supporting research and development undertaken in Australia. With many IP intensive companies involved in activity that could qualify for the R&D Tax Incentive, it makes sense to develop an understanding of the nuances of the incentive and how it works. Wrays are partnering with the RSM R&D Tax specialist team …

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Canned soup: an uncanny result?

Campbell Soup Company ran into some difficulties getting its trade mark application for UNCANNED over the line in connection with information services about food. The mark is used to support a consumer information campaign about trends and issues in modern food production (e.g. GMO, food tech, etc). The Australian trade mark office initially knocked back the application, saying the mark …

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Startup to Scale Up Toolkit Workshop – Event Summary

This week Wrays  and our industry friends, Nifty Grants, Standard Ledger and LaunchLink hosted an intimate event – Startup to Scaleup Toolkit Workshop. We brought together expertise on protecting IP, startup valuations, managing media relations and accessing R&D Tax Incentives. Attendees engaged in four sessions provided by the following subject matter experts: Accounting Remco from Standard Ledger ran through a valuations …

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Gin for the win! Apothecary Gin vs Apothic (for wine) would you be confused?

An alcohol-fuelled trade mark battle came before the Australian Trade Marks Office last month. E&J Gallo winery opposed gin distiller Kristy Booth’s application for APOTHECARY GIN covering spirits in class 33. The large winery cited many reasons for its opposition, the primary reason being that Ms Booth’s mark was confusingly similar to its own wine brand, APOTHIC. The winery relied …

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Defining your IP strategy to achieve optimal brand protection

Grab your lunch and listen to Wrays’ specialist, Adrian Huber, on this Australian Made Campaign Webinar designed to equip you with the knowledge to harness and protect your brand. On this half hour segment, Adrian will demystify the topic of intellectual property, putting it into a business context and sharing tips and best practices to help you protect your brand, …

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