Patent & Trade Mark
Litigation support

Litigation Support

Australia maintains divided practices of patent and trade mark attorneys, solicitors and barristers. In this system, as patent and trade mark attorneys we are not able to represent our clients in court proceedings. However, we are able to use our ability to provide an interface between technology and law, enabling us to assist in preparing for litigation, and some of our partners have experience acting as expert witnesses in patent matters.
Managing IP’s 2010 annual survey of IP firms included the following Corporate Client statement:
‘We have had excellent follow up advice whenever our innovations have been infringed and have successfully managed to protect our assets.’
Recent News & Publications
21 Apr 2017
In February 2017, the long awaited agreement between the Australian and New Zealand governments to standardize the regulation of the patent attorney profession came in to effect. Part of this process was the establishment of a Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board and a review of the Attorneys’ Code of Conduct. The Board is now undertaking the review of the Code and must make any appropriate amendments by February 2018, based on industry consultation and comment. In addition, the Board will undertake a review of the Code’s conflict of interest provisions.

19 Apr 2017
FB Rice is excited to partner with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for the Connecting Academia and Industry seminar on May 18.