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17 Dec 2014
The European patent system is known for its procedural complexity and strict assessment of requirements to obtain patent protection, but recent changes suggest a desire to improve ease of use for applicants. The most recent rule change, in relation to search procedure for PCT applications entering the EP regional phase, was introduced in November 2014 and is a positive step towards increasing flexibility.Read more

17 Dec 2014
After some delay, the US Patent Office (USPTO) has now released its 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility, a copy of which can be found here.Read more

15 Dec 2014
As part of an ambitious international collaboration, Dr Lee Miles and colleagues decoded and analysed the genomes of three crocodilian species to gain insights into their evolution.Read more

10 Dec 2014
The offices of FB Rice will be closed from noon Wednesday 24 December to Monday 29 December inclusive, as well as Thursday 1 January 2015. These closures are due to a number of public holidays in Australia.Read more

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