Patent & Trade Mark
Attorneys
We are
Experts in Navigating IP in the Asia Pacific Region
Thanks to many years of global experience, FB Rice has a network of trusted advisors in all key jurisdictions. We turn to those advisors when assisting our clients to promote their interests.

For specific information on our Asia Pacific capability, click here.

 

 
One door to South East Asia
For a seamless service for filing and prosecuting patent and trade mark applications in South East Asia, click here.

 

Joanne Martin

Partner

Joanne Martin
"Many Australian businesses look to China as offering opportunities for business growth both in China and globally. China is recognised as a complex and challenging market, however businesses trading successfully with China tend to be more competitive both domestically and in the international market in response to those learnings."
"Many Australian businesses look to China as offering opportunities for business growth both in China and globally. China is recognised as a complex and challenging market, however businesses trading successfully with China tend to be more competitive both domestically and in the international market in response to those learnings."
Inventorship – a muddy concept at best
Inventorship has been described as “one of muddiest concepts in the muddy metaphysics of the patent law.” Mueller Brass Co. v. Reading Industries, Inc., 352 F.Supp. 1357, 1372 (E.D.Pa. 1972). Determining inventorship is a complex issue that is undertaken on a much stricter basis than authorship of a scientific publication. It can also be a particularly contentious issue when people are not named as inventors. Not only can this lead to alienation, but it can also lead to legal issues. For example, a patent may be invalid if incorrect inventors are intentionally named. During litigation, a defendant may also be able to identify an unnamed inventor and obtain an assignment from them, thereby qualifying as a co-owner of the patent and no longer subject to the litigation.
Inventorship has been described as “one of muddiest concepts in the muddy metaphysics of the patent law.” Mueller Brass Co. v. Reading Industries, Inc., 352 F.Supp. 1357, 1372 (E.D.Pa. 1972). Determining inventorship is a complex issue that is undertaken on a much stricter basis than authorship of a scientific publication. It can also be a particularly contentious issue when people are not named as inventors. Not only can this lead to alienation, but it can also lead to legal issues. For example, a patent may be invalid if incorrect inventors are intentionally named. During litigation, a defendant may also be able to identify an unnamed inventor and obtain an assignment from them, thereby qualifying as a co-owner of the patent and no longer subject to the litigation.
25 September 2017
Brews & Brands - Registering and protecting your trade marks overseas
Obtaining registration rights early can prevent brew branding headaches and significant outlays down the track as your business expands.
Obtaining registration rights early can prevent brew branding headaches and significant outlays down the track as your business expands.
Desma Grice

Patent Attorney

Desma Grice

Desma is a Patent Attorney in our Biotechnology team in Melbourne.

Desma joined FB Rice in 2013 and is a Patent Attorney in the Biotechnology team in Melbourne. Desma has an extensive research background covering areas such as plant biotechnology, molecular and cell biology, genomics and metabolic health and joins FB Rice with a keen understanding of the research and scientific environment.

Desma is a Patent Attorney in our Biotechnology team in Melbourne.

Desma joined FB Rice in 2013 and is a Patent Attorney in the Biotechnology team in Melbourne. Desma has an extensive research background covering areas such as plant biotechnology, molecular and cell biology, genomics and metabolic health and joins FB Rice with a keen understanding of the research and scientific environment.

28 June 2017
David Herman | Chairing Industry Session at the 8th International Nanomedicine Conference
David Herman is looking forward to chairing the Industry Session at the 8th International Nanomedicine Conference in Sydney next week (3-5 July).
David Herman is looking forward to chairing the Industry Session at the 8th International Nanomedicine Conference in Sydney next week (3-5 July).
Interfering RNA (iRNA) is no interference to manner of manufacture in Australia
The Australian Patent Office (APO) has determined that claims directed to a composition comprising double-stranded RNA (so-called “interfering RNA” or “iRNA”) is a manner of manufacture (patent eligible subject matter) in accordance with Section 18(1)(a) of the Patents Act.
The Australian Patent Office (APO) has determined that claims directed to a composition comprising double-stranded RNA (so-called “interfering RNA” or “iRNA”) is a manner of manufacture (patent eligible subject matter) in accordance with Section 18(1)(a) of the Patents Act.