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14 Apr 2015
The price of doing business in China can be high, writes the journalist John Garnaut about Australian citizens Charlotte Chou and Matthew Ng being jailed in China for fraud. Against this report of foreign businesses in China subjected the Kafkaesque nightmare of Chinese rule of law undermined by corruption and bribery at senior levels, the Australian China Business Council issued the 2014 China Trade Report.Read more

07 Apr 2015
The Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) of the European Patent Office finally issued its decision regarding the patentability of plants and plant material in two long-awaited cases.Read more

02 Apr 2015
The Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth offices of FB Rice will be closed on national public holidays in April, including Good Friday and Easter Monday. We will be operating as usual the weeks before and after Anzac Day.Read more

01 Apr 2015
China’s new trade mark law has only been in operation since 1 May 2014. It introduces new laws and practices to improve trade mark prosecution, to streamline opposition, and to combat piracy. It is still early days, such that significant differences in processes and outcomes are yet to be seen.Read more

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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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