Ssh… There’s Something You Should Know About Secret Use

The main requirement for patent grant is that the patented invention must be novel (or new). This means that at the time of filing the patent application, the invention must not have been previously published or publicly disclosed by anyone, including the patentees themselves. There is, however, another requirement that is often overlooked by patentees and that is that the …

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Influencers and the Importance of Disclosure

A recent decision of the Ad Standards Community Panel (case number: 0055-21) has reinforced the need for influencers to clearly identify when a social media post is an advertisement. What happened? An Instagram post by influencer Anna Heinrich included an image of her in a green dress, with the text: Turning my apartment into a Runway 💚 Then back to …

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Cheers! To a New Wine Export Label Directory for Australian Wine Producers

As part of the Australian government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package, a new wine export label directory designed to help Australian producers protect their intellectual property rights was launched earlier this month. The Directory will help to better protect Australian wine producers against copycat exporters and counterfeiters and bolster consumer confidence in the reputation and integrity of …

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Hydrogen For Transportation in Australia – The Current State of Play

On 26 March, Australia’s first public hydrogen refuelling station, operated by ActewAGL, opened in Canberra. This will allow fuel cell electric vehicles, as well as battery-operated electric vehicles, to easily operate around the Canberra region. This development urges a question on the current state of play in hydrogen-fuelled innovation to meet transportation needs. The decarbonisation incentive for hydrogen is well …

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Maintaining Trade Mark Rights in China

A message we always convey to our clients is to remember – before you commence any business in China – you need to have your trade marks protected there. This is because the overarching trade mark rule that prevails there is ´first to file´ and unlike in Australia, it is not possible to use the common law defence of ´prior …

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Matt Callahan – Life Sciences Executive

Matt is an experienced Perth-raised biotechnology executive currently based in Philadelphia, USA. He has been the founding CEO or Executive Director of a number of pharmaceutical and health tech companies including iCeutica Inc, Botanix Pharmaceuticals, Churchill Pharma Inc, Dimerix Biosciences, Emyria, Respirion Pharmaceuticals and Orthocell. He has led the development of four products that have received FDA approval and has …

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Federal Court Finds Google Misled Users About Collection and Use of Location Data

In a decision handed down on 16 April 2021, the Federal Court of Australia found that Google LLC and Google Australia Pty Ltd (Google) misled some users of Android devices about the collection of their personal location data over a two year period. What Happened? The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) commenced proceedings against Google in 2019, alleging that …

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Get ready to ignite!

Do you have an idea or innovation that could become a high-growth business? If so, Curtin Ignition may be what you need to help make your vision a reality. Applications are now open for Curtin Ignition, an intensive training program for aspiring entrepreneurs, academics and corporate innovators to trial and prepare business ideas for the commercial environment. This year the …

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Becoming a Magnetic Employer & Creating a Sticky Culture

The Wolf of Wall Street, a movie that portrays the real-life astronomic rise and downfall of stock-broker Jordan Belford, shows the incredible power of financial motivators. Indeed, the equation is clear and simple for Jordan’s money-hungry, oversized-suit wearing employees to understand: work your butt off, crush your KPIs and you get to live the high life. In short, the story …

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Changes to PCT Fees for Australian Filers

Australian filers of PCT applications are set to receive some more welcome financial relief as the Australian Patent Office (IP Australia) adjusted their fees for PCT-associated patent filings, effective from 1 May 2021. This follows a series of fee decreases over the last 8 months. International PCT Fees Fee Type Old Fee (AUD) New Fee (AUD) 1 Transmittal Fee $200 …

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