IP Australia’s COVID-19 Relief Measures to End Soon

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, IP Australia created a mechanism for users of the Australian intellectual property system who had been adversely affected by the pandemic to apply for an extension of time with a simple online declaration and without paying any official fee, with the extension then effectively being granted automatically. This extension mechanism – called the “streamlined” …

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Upcoming Changes in the .au Domain Space

12 April 2021 will see new rule changes in the Australian “.au” domain space, with potential to affect holders of existing com.au, net.au and org.au domain names, as well as eligibility to apply for new domain name registrations in this space. In addition, a new general .au domain is likely to be launched sometime later in 2021, with the launch …

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IP in a Post-Brexit World

After years of negotiations and controversy, on 1 January 2021, the Brexit transition period finally ended, and the UK left the European Union. Below, we break down the new post-Brexit IP landscape (subject to legislative implementation). Attorney representation and address for services UK legal representatives can continue to represent their clients before the EUIPO in ongoing cases only. Clients with …

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COVID-19 Update

IP Australia is continuing to provide free extensions of time of up to three months until 28 February 2021 if a deadline cannot be met as a result of a disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst the maximum length of extension that can be requested at one time is three months, additional extensions of time may be available if …

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Pioneering Tech for Common Medical Problems

Dr George O’Neil is a pioneer in the development of innovative products for the improvement of common medical procedures and treatments for those seeking help with addictions. Inspired by the challenges he faced working in remote parts of Australia, Africa and cities such as Glasgow and Perth in the 1980s, Dr O’Neil began developing new products for use in obstetrics, …

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Innovation in Mining – Not All So Ground-Breaking?

Mining has often been considered slow in implementing innovation and technological transformations compared to other fields – such as the automotive industry. However, the number of patent applications being filed by mining companies and those in the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services sector (METS) in Australia is significant, both in numbers and in its diversity. We will explore the different …

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What You Need to Know if You Are Dealing With Consumers in NSW

From 1 January 2021, businesses dealing with consumers in New South Wales are liable to penalties if they do not disclose to consumers: terms of contracts that substantially prejudice the interests of the consumer; if the business receives a commission or referral fee when recommending the consumer buys goods or services of a third party. What businesses are affected? The …

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How to Get Through the Valley of Death in the Shortest Possible Time

Every innovation goes through the Valley of Death…always…every single time. This applies as equally to SMEs and Enterprises as it does to Startups. Most Startups are aware of the Valley of Death concept, however, very few more established businesses realise precisely how and where this is occurring in their business right now, and how it is impacting them. It is …

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Pfizer Denied Speculative Discovery Application Against Sandoz’s Biosimilar Etanercept

In the recent decision of the Federal Court in Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals v Sandoz Pty Ltd [2020] FCA 1648, Pfizer has been unsuccessful in its application for preliminary discovery from Sandoz in respect of Sandoz’s biosimilar etanercept product “ERELZI”, which is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Background Pfizer is the patentee of three Australian process patents which it …

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