Patent & Trade Mark
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24 Jan 2017
Australia’s patent system grants exclusivity too readily, allowing a proliferation of low-quality patents, frustrating follow–on innovators and stymieing competition.Read more

16 Jan 2017
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.Read more

16 Jan 2017
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%.Read more

22 Dec 2016
The partners of FB Rice are delighted to announce to promotion to the partnership of two of the firm’s most talented Senior Associates: Madeleine Kelly and Steve Gledhill.Read more

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Our philosophy says that there is more to fulfilling our clients' needs than the advice that they receive directly from us. It is important to us to help educate clients and to help them to stay abreast of developments in intellectual property. For this reason we offer 'Library Resources' which includes tools such as patent and trade mark 'Q&A', flow charts which outline patent processes and a variety of fact sheets.

Useful Links


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
Our People

Stuart is an Associate in our Sydney Engineering team with a strong technical background that involves a wide range of patent drafting and prosecution, mainly for Australian SME clients. His experience is particularly focused on mechanical related technology including 3D printing, automotive, FMCG, audio recording, mining, construction, and respiratory equipment. Stuart also has thorough experience of registering industrial designs in Australia and overseas.