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… and perhaps finally a change in practice at the Australian patent office?!! Following hot on the heels of a judgement of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia we reported on just a few short weeks ago, the Federal Court handed down another much-anticipated decision about a week ago in Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited v Commissioner …

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‘Fast-Tracking’ Your Australian Patent Applications to Overcome Delays in Examination

Over the past few months if not years, applicants may have observed delays in the commencement of examination after filing their patent application in Australia. These delays do not appear to be COVID-19 related. Rather, they appear to be a function of ordinary business operations. Gaining patent protection in Australia may have positive benefits to the applicant’s overall patent strategy, …

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The Australian Made Campaign – ‘Buy Local’ Policies to Help Australian Resurgence

The Australian Made Campaign (AMCL) is calling on Australia’s business community and all levels of government to adopt ‘buy Australian first’ procurement policies, to help fast-track the country’s resurgence as it plans its recovery from the impact of COVID-19. The Federal Government’s commitment to supporting an increase in the domestic manufacturing of critical products such as medical supplies is a …

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COVID-19 and the Reporting Requirement Under the Modern Slavery Act 2018

Since our last update on the reporting requirement under the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth), the world has continued to negotiate the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses in Australia have suffered greatly due to the sharp economic downturn and many employees either had their salaries cut or have been stood down. In light of the current circumstances, the Australian Border Force (ABF) …

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Notification of Requirement for Address for Service – International Registrations Designating Australia

We have recently been receiving queries from overseas IP firms who have received a notice from IP Australia asking for an address for service in Australia or New Zealand. This is happening when their client’s mark is protected in Australia via the Madrid Protocol, even if no objections have been raised during the examination process, when this has not been …

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Updates to Patent Office Initiatives – Coronavirus and Your IP

As we move through the COVID-19 pandemic and many countries start to show signs of emerging out the other side, how are Patent Offices around the world modifying their approach to dealing with the hardship that patent applicants are experiencing in these difficult times? Many Patent Offices worldwide have implemented temporary extensions of time to meet the requirements of satisfying …

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Going Back to Make Amend(ment)s…

A recent decision in the Federal Court, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation v BASF Plant Science GmbH [2020] FCA 328 (13 March 2020), has highlighted the difficulties encountered when trying to make post-acceptance amendments to correct deficiencies in the claims or specification of a patent in Australia. In particular, care must be taken to ensure that there is contextual …

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The Sydney Science Park – An Exciting New Smart City Headed for Sydney’s West

Like something out of a science fiction movie, Celestino’s $5B Sydney Science Park is set to be a world-first in the scientific community. In partnership with private industry and universities, and driven by the new Aerotropolis, the park will be an international epicentre for scientific STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and R&D and is set to be Australia’s …

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