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19 Jul 2016
On 13 July 2016, the New Zealand Parliament’s Commerce Committee released an updated Patents (Trans-Tasman Patent Attorneys and Other Matters) Amendment Bill (“Bill”) recommending the provisions regarding the new single patent application process (SAP) and a single examination process (SEP) be removed. For now, it remains business as usual for Australia and New Zealand with both maintaining its own separate patent and examination process, and without the option of filing each application through a single portal. The joint registration and governance regime for patent attorneys in Australia and New Zealand is to proceed as proposed.Read more

19 Jul 2016
John Landells, Andrew Gregory and Marianne Repacholi, are all looking forward to attending the Emerging Polymer Technologies Summit in September later this year.Read more

19 Jul 2016
FB Rice is proud to support the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for their second RACI Bioactive Discovery and Development Group Event, "Disruption of Conventional Pharmaceutical Value-Chains by Genomics Technologies", featuring guest speaker Dr Susan Pond.Read more

18 Jul 2016
3D printing has been heralded as a disruptive technology, driving creativity and innovation. 3D printing has also potentially made counterfeiting of products much easier. The full impact on industry is perhaps only beginning to be felt as the cost of 3D printers has dropped and they have become more prevalent.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.

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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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Special Counsel
Jane Hutchison is a biotechnology attorney well known for her ability to develop strong, collaborative relationships with her clients. Working with a range of research institutes and corporate clients, Jane provides information relating to drafting, ownership, inventorship and other intellectual property strategies. She develops close working relationships with her clients and they rely heavily on her strategic IP advice.