Patent & Trade Mark
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30 Jul 2015
Names of buildings and precincts are registrable as trade marks if they are sufficiently distinctive. The name of a building and associated precinct should be registered as a trade mark for all services provided by the developer/owner and all the associated goods and services likely to be provided in association with the building. The trade mark rights should be appropriately licensed to authorised users. Read more

28 Jul 2015
Often, a pharmaceutical does not earn revenue for a company until well into the patent term; sometimes this may be 15 years or more into the term. This delay, coupled with the cost of drug development recently estimated to be on average US$2.6 billion, it is not surprising that pharmaceutical companies seek to extend patent protection for as long as possible to maintain their market exclusivity. While follow-on patenting is sometimes portrayed as an abuse of the patent system by pharmaceutical companies, recent reports found that follow-on patents are not solely held by originator companies and that generic companies also typically file these types of patents.Read more

28 Jul 2015
On Wednesday, August 12th, FB Rice will sponsor Shelter From the Economic Storm at the Perth Arena. The event will feature Keynote Speaker Craig James, CommSec Chief Economist. FB Rice Senior Associate Mary Turonek will also join the Expert Q&A Panel featuring representatives from CommSec, CommBank, Insight Business, and ROCG Perth.Read more

14 Jul 2015
FB Rice Partner, Ian Rourke, and Senior Associate, Madeleine Kelly, will be in Christchurch to attend the Bioshares Biotech Summit from Thursday, 16 July, to Saturday, 18 July.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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Patent Attorney
Sarah has an extensive educational background in chemical engineering, mathematics and statistics. In the process of qualifying as a patent attorney, Sarah worked on a wide variety of subject matter, including manufacturing and processing equipment, mining processes, food products and production, oil refinery, extraction techniques and process equipment, building materials and solar panels.
Sarah is a registered Australian Patent and Trade Marks Attorney.