Patent & Trade Mark
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01 Jul 2015
We are very excited to announce the appointment of Dr John Landells as a Partner of the firm. John is a member of the Chemistry team, based in our Melbourne office. He has many years of experience in the patent attorney profession and has a practice specialised across a broad range of chemical based technologies including pharmaceuticals, veterinary therapeutics, electroactive materials, adhesives, polymers, and food and dairy technologies. Read more

25 Jun 2015
Mars Australia opposed registration of Delfi Chocolate’s trade mark MALITOS on 4 July 2013 – Anja Bartels reviews the Australian Trade Marks Office decision.Read more

23 Jun 2015
Wondering how you can prevent counterfeits of your product from entering Australia? A Notice of Objection may be your saving grace. Partner Joanne Martin outlines the process and benefits of applying for Notices of Objection.Read more

18 Jun 2015
Following over a decade of negotiations, the China Australia Free Trade Agreement was signed 17 June, 2015, paving the way for Australia to compete more aggressively in the Chinese market. 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
Charles joined FB Rice in 1999, having practised as a patent lawyer in South Africa for a number of years. He became a partner of the firm in 2002.
Charles is a registered Australian Patent Attorney.