The Gatherer – volume 6

Welcome to the sixth edition of The Gatherer – a digital publication bringing you a collection of topical articles from our IP specialists and guest contributors. Focussed on industry developments, legislative updates, the latest trends in innovation and an open discussion with one of Australia’s burgeoning pioneers, we aim to share with you practical tips, insights and learnings on how …

Wrays The Gatherer

Patent Applicants- Who are the drivers in Australia?

In 2017, there were 28,905 standard patent applications in Australia, through either direct patent applications or the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), which allows applicants to file a single patent application in multiple countries. This shows a gradual upward trend of about nine percent over the past decade. However, while patent applications have grown it’s been driven by non-resident filings. Applications …

Wrays Industry Insights, Insights

Geographical Indication- IP Australia Report

What do the Byron Bay Chilli Company, Classic Tasmanian Smoked Salmon, Margaret River Olive Company, Certified Australian Angus Beef, and Château Tanunda Grand Barossa all have in common…besides being fantastic ingredients you should probably have on your shopping list for your next dinner party? They all utilise geographical indication (GI) in their names and trade marks filed with IP Australia. …

Wrays Industry Insights, Insights

Who is the main driver of IP growth?

According to the latest IP Australia report, applications for patents, trade marks and design rights in Australia all grew in 2017. Trade marks even reached a record peak. Sounds like good news. However, the main driver of this growth was from overseas (or non-resident) applicants. In fact, trade mark filings by non-residents increased by 25 percent and design filings by non-residents increased by 9 …

Wrays Industry Insights, Insights

Research – The Positive effects on Commercialisation

The 2018 IP Australia report (Chapter 6) reviews two separate studies that show “public funding of research has a positive and statistically significant impact on patent production, with the impact being stronger for collaborative grants.” This is an important finding because – as the IP Australia report notes — patenting activity is an indicator of the commercialisation potential of research …

Wrays Industry Insights, Insights

Patent Applicants- Who is applying?

All hail Australia’s small businesses! IP Australia estimates that more than 75 percent of the Australian residents who applied for patents in Australia in 2016 were private individuals or small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The numbers demonstrate that a significant amount of innovation in Australia is happening at the start-up level, highlighting the need to further nurture this growing sector …

Wrays Industry Insights, Insights

Patent Filing- Global Findings

World patent filings have been averaging around eight percent annual growth between 2010 and 2016. By comparison, patent filings in Australia have averaged around three percent growth over the same period, ranking us 10th in OECD countries in terms of average annual growth. Patents are filed where entrepreneurs and companies believe they will have commercial opportunity and want to protect …

Wrays Industry Insights, Insights

The IP Perspective: clever planning or pure luck?

Perhaps one of the least acknowledged, and yet most critical, factors contributing to one’s ‘success’, is luck. All too often, people will credit their achievements solely to their personal skill and brilliance, hard work, and hustle. They will rarely mention the role that luck played, and even more rarely (respectfully) give thanks to it. Perhaps they feel that by doing …

Wrays Industry Insights, Insights

3D Printing – IP implications of a layered approach

The game changing technology of 3D printing (a form of additive manufacturing – the creation of 3D objects by adding layer upon layer of materials) is becoming mainstream in our modern society. It has now entered our homes so that what was once a technology only available to large organisations and researchers is now available to hobbyists and smaller companies …

Wrays Industry Insights, Insights