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03 Sep 2015
The High Court on 2 September 2015 handed down its decision in the appeal by AstraZeneca against a finding of the Full Federal Court that the claims of its Australian Patent were invalid for being obvious. A copy of the decision can be found here. The High Court decision is consistent with that of the Full Federal Court. Generic companies that have already been marketing generic version of rosuvastatin will no doubt be breathing a collective sigh of relief in the wake of this decision.Read more

02 Sep 2015
Perth Associate, Anja Bartels, is very excited to be sitting on the Western Australia Department of Commerce Innovation Vouchers Program (IVP) Panel this October. The IVP has vouchers up to $20,000 available to assist small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) to help them access knowledge, services, and skills required to advance and commercialise their innovations.Read more

01 Sep 2015
Australia’s Innovation Patent System is currently under review and is threatened with abolition. An IP Australia Economic Research paper, which issued in 2015, somewhat surprisingly suggested that the Innovation Patent System in Australia was not effectively stimulating innovation among Australian SMEs.Read more

28 Aug 2015
FB Rice Overseas Qualified Attorney, Ken Seidenman, will present a seminar on patenting and commercialisation of research innovations to mentees participating in the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) on 1 September in Melbourne.Read more

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Government Websites

IP Australia - Australian Patent Office
IPONZ - New Zealand Intellectual Property Office
WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organisation

Associated Organisations

AIPLA - American Intellectual Property Law Association
AIPPI - International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
AIPF - Association of Intellectual Property Firms
BIO - Biotechnology Industry Organisation
FICPI - International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys
INTA - International Trademark Association
IPSANZ - Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
RACI - Royal Australian Chemical Institute
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Trainee Attorney

David is a Trainee Patent Attorney in our Chemistry team in Melbourne.  Prior to pursuing a qualification as a patent attorney, David spent seven years in scientific research, and, most recently, as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.