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19 Sep 2014
UPDATE on Australian Federal Court decision regarding patentability of isolated nucleic acid molecules - application for special leave to appeal to the High Court made on 16 September 2014.Read more

16 Sep 2014
You are likely to receive unsolicited requests offering trade mark publication, renewal or watching services –a list of the most common companies is set out below. These companies are in no way connected with our firm, our renewals service provider CPA Global or IP Australia and the services offered may be bogus, or for unnecessary services or at inflated charges. Whilst some of these companies are legitimate organisations which will attend to the actions offered, others are unlikely to, despite payment of fees. Read more

19 Aug 2014
A new Patents Act 2013 will take effect on 13 September 2014 and provide a major update and modernisation of the previous Patents Act 1953. The new Patents Act 2013 significantly raises the threshold for patentability in New Zealand. Read more

13 Aug 2014
Before the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012 was enacted, the Australian Patent Office expressed its intent to crack down on extensions of time to file evidence in patent oppositions. Now, over a year since the associated regulations came into force, it is clear that obtaining such an extension will be difficult. Read more

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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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Jess is known for building strong relationships with clients while providing them with comprehensive technical advice on their intellectual property portfolios. Her expertise lies in delivering commercially viable patentability advice, and advising clients on freedom-to-operate and patent landscapes issues. Jess joined FB Rice in 2011 and is a registered Australian Patent Attorney in the Sydney Chemistry team.

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