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Joanne Martin

Partner

Joanne Martin
"The China market continues to grow and innovate, and an important step for any commercial entity is to ensure that their trade marks are protected there. Trade Marks are a key tool that should underpin every organisation's assets, no matter their size or business strategy."
"The China market continues to grow and innovate, and an important step for any commercial entity is to ensure that their trade marks are protected there. Trade Marks are a key tool that should underpin every organisation's assets, no matter their size or business strategy."
Australian High Court approves the Full Federal Court RPL Central decision and rejects appeal
Now that the RPL Central decision has been endorsed by the High Court, we expect IP Australia to refer to this decision more often during examination of computer implemented inventions. In particular, we expect IP Australia to raise patentable subject matter objections to claimed inventions where the substance of the invention is in the idea or business method, rather than in a new and useful effect in a computer.
Now that the RPL Central decision has been endorsed by the High Court, we expect IP Australia to refer to this decision more often during examination of computer implemented inventions. In particular, we expect IP Australia to raise patentable subject matter objections to claimed inventions where the substance of the invention is in the idea or business method, rather than in a new and useful effect in a computer.
06 May 2016
Budget update: Good news for Australian SMEs
This week’s Federal Budget had some good news for Australian companies with the introduction of the reduction in company tax rate from 30% to 27.5% for companies with a turnover of less than $10M. This follows on from last year’s budget in which companies with a turnover of less than $2M saw a reduction to 28.5% now decreased to 27.5%.
This week’s Federal Budget had some good news for Australian companies with the introduction of the reduction in company tax rate from 30% to 27.5% for companies with a turnover of less than $10M. This follows on from last year’s budget in which companies with a turnover of less than $2M saw a reduction to 28.5% now decreased to 27.5%.
Lisa Neilson

Associate

Lisa Neilson
Lisa is a Trade Marks Associate in our Sydney office and joined the firm in 2009. Lisa’s practice covers all aspects of trade mark registration, protection and enforcement in Australia and New Zealand including prosecution, oppositions and non-use removal actions. Lisa has extensive experience managing global trade mark portfolios, advising on local and global filing strategies and with all aspects of the Madrid System for the International Registration of trade marks. She also advises clients on brand adoption and use including trade mark clearance searches.
Lisa is a Trade Marks Associate in our Sydney office and joined the firm in 2009. Lisa’s practice covers all aspects of trade mark registration, protection and enforcement in Australia and New Zealand including prosecution, oppositions and non-use removal actions. Lisa has extensive experience managing global trade mark portfolios, advising on local and global filing strategies and with all aspects of the Madrid System for the International Registration of trade marks. She also advises clients on brand adoption and use including trade mark clearance searches.
20 March 2016
FB Rice adds new R&D Tax Consulting group to its business
FB Rice is pleased to announce the addition of a new R&D Tax Consulting group to its business. FB Rice R&D Tax Consulting will assist organisations with maximising the tax benefits associated with their eligible Research and Development activities.
FB Rice is pleased to announce the addition of a new R&D Tax Consulting group to its business. FB Rice R&D Tax Consulting will assist organisations with maximising the tax benefits associated with their eligible Research and Development activities.
Toward a new inventiveness requirement: The RPL Central decision
As discussed in our related post, the Full Court of the Federal Court has held that computer-implemented business methods are patentable in Australia, but only if the invention resides within the actual implementation of the business method by the computer.
As discussed in our related post, the Full Court of the Federal Court has held that computer-implemented business methods are patentable in Australia, but only if the invention resides within the actual implementation of the business method by the computer.