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 most 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.

 

Steve Gledhill

Partner

Steve Gledhill
"At FB Rice we have a number of high calibre European Qualified Attorneys who are also registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorneys. These attorneys have many years’ experience successfully securing strong IP rights and translating Australian and New Zealand patenting issues to clients filing from or into Europe and the United Kingdom."
"At FB Rice we have a number of high calibre European Qualified Attorneys who are also registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorneys. These attorneys have many years’ experience successfully securing strong IP rights and translating Australian and New Zealand patenting issues to clients filing from or into Europe and the United Kingdom."
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.
17 February 2017
EPO delivers antidote for poisonous priority
The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO has taken the opportunity afforded by the referral of T05557/13 (as discussed in our previous post) to eliminate the chance of self-collision of patents/patent applications once and for all. The full decision G1/15 can be found here.
The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO has taken the opportunity afforded by the referral of T05557/13 (as discussed in our previous post) to eliminate the chance of self-collision of patents/patent applications once and for all. The full decision G1/15 can be found here.
Vivian Chan

Technical Specialist

Vivian Chan

Vivian is a Technical Specialist in the Sydney office of FB Rice and joined the firm in 2012.  Vivian is responsible for filing patent applications in Australia, New Zealand and other jurisdictions as part of the Biotechnology group.

Vivian is a Technical Specialist in the Sydney office of FB Rice and joined the firm in 2012.  Vivian is responsible for filing patent applications in Australia, New Zealand and other jurisdictions as part of the Biotechnology group.

16 February 2017
Tracey Webb & Andrew Gregory to present at China Market-Ready Medtech & Pharma workshops
Attorneys Tracey Webb and Andrew Gregory are looking forward to presenting at the China Market-Ready Medtech & Pharma workshops, being held in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide, from 28 February – 9 March.
Attorneys Tracey Webb and Andrew Gregory are looking forward to presenting at the China Market-Ready Medtech & Pharma workshops, being held in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide, from 28 February – 9 March.
WIPOs First Millionaire | Chinese Patent Filings Break New Record
WIPO has published its World Intellectual Property Indicators 2016 report, which details a healthy growth of intellectual property filings in 2015. Overall, the statistics demonstrate a positive trend in global innovation for the year, with patent filings increasing by 7.8% and trade mark filings increasing by a staggering 15.3%.
WIPO has published its World Intellectual Property Indicators 2016 report, which details a healthy growth of intellectual property filings in 2015. Overall, the statistics demonstrate a positive trend in global innovation for the year, with patent filings increasing by 7.8% and trade mark filings increasing by a staggering 15.3%.