Patent & Trade Mark
Attorneys
Connie Merlino
Connie Merlino
Partner


Level 23, 44 Market St
Sydney NSW 2000 AUSTRALIA
Tel +61 2 8231 1000
Fax +61 2 8231 1099
Recent Publications
14 Nov 2014
The Full Court of Australia recently decided that a claim for generating a weighted index of assets did not constitute patentable subject matter (Research Affiliates LLC v Commissioner of Patents [2014] FCAFC 150).

13 Dec 2011
Apple's fight to prevent Samsung selling their Galaxy Tab 10.1 with an interlocutory injunction has ended with Australia's highest court refusing to revisit the previous decision on this issue.
Connie joined FB Rice in 2000, is a Partner of the firm and is located in our Sydney office.
 
Connie specialises in drafting patent specifications in a range of ICT technologies. Her experience covers areas such as software, telecommunications and data communications, security, databases and imaging. Connie is known for her ability to quickly comprehend high level mathematics and has extensive experience in application software, including business methods and internet applications. Particular examples include smart phone applications, formal verification of drivers for hardware devices, multi-spectral imaging, video processing and virtual networks.
 
Representing both small companies and start ups, as well as large international companies and universities, Connie's experience includes prosecution of patent applications in Australia and the major commercial markets including all of Asia.
 
Connie’s experience also includes patent oppositions before the Australian Patent Office and providing strategic advice in relation to patent portfolios, including infringement advice and licensing agreements.
 
Connie also works on the prosecution of a varied array of registered designs.
 
Connie is a registered Australian Patent and Trade Marks Attorney.
Education
  • Bachelor of Science (Computing Science) from Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Laws from Macquarie University
  • Master of Industrial Property from University of Technology Sydney
Key Areas of Expertise
  • Cloud computing technologies
  • High level mathematics
  • Databases
  • Software
  • Data security
  • Communication systems
  • Information processing
  • Bioinformatics
Industry Focus
Professional Affiliations
  • Registered Patent Attorney in Australia and New Zealand
  • Admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of NSW
  • Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
  • Committee member of AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
  • NSW Committee member for the Licensing Executive Society of Australia New Zealand
  • Member of the NSW Society for Computers and the Law
  • Member of Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand