Patent & Trade Mark
Attorneys
We are
Experts in Navigating IP in the Asia Pacific Region
Working with clients in
Thanks to many years of global experience, FB Rice has a network of trusted advisors in all key jurisdictions. We turn to those advisors when assisting our clients to promote their interests.

For specific information on our Asia Pacific capability, click here.
One door to South East Asia
For a seamless service for filing and prosecuting patent and trade mark applications in South East Asia, click here.
John Landells

Partner

John Landells
"What drew me to FB Rice was the close collegial team environment and it being highly regarded as the best life sciences practice in Australia. This was endorsed by various patent attorneys throughout my professional network who were incredibly complimentary about the working environment, people and FB Rice firm as a whole."
"What drew me to FB Rice was the close collegial team environment and it being highly regarded as the best life sciences practice in Australia. This was endorsed by various patent attorneys throughout my professional network who were incredibly complimentary about the working environment, people and FB Rice firm as a whole."
How to obtain a patent licence from the Australian Patent Office
Australia is set to amend the Patents Act 1990 to end innovation patents, broaden the Crown use provisions and enable easier access to patents that are inadequately worked. Both of the latter amendments relate to compulsory licences. There has been considerable discussion about the possible unduly wide scope of these licences. To us, the scope is not surprising given that they arise directly from the Productivity Commission, which is pro-competition.
Australia is set to amend the Patents Act 1990 to end innovation patents, broaden the Crown use provisions and enable easier access to patents that are inadequately worked. Both of the latter amendments relate to compulsory licences. There has been considerable discussion about the possible unduly wide scope of these licences. To us, the scope is not surprising given that they arise directly from the Productivity Commission, which is pro-competition.
19 December 2018
MOF2018 6th International Conference on Metal-Organic and Open Framework Compounds
Michael Moore enjoyed attending the 6th international conference on metal-organic frameworks and open framework compounds (MOF2018) held in Auckland last week. MOF2018 did not disappoint covering the full range of research into framework compounds over a number of concurrent streams: gas adsorption, capture and storage; catalysis; conductivity; design and applications.
Michael Moore enjoyed attending the 6th international conference on metal-organic frameworks and open framework compounds (MOF2018) held in Auckland last week. MOF2018 did not disappoint covering the full range of research into framework compounds over a number of concurrent streams: gas adsorption, capture and storage; catalysis; conductivity; design and applications.
Connie Merlino

Partner

Connie Merlino
Connie joined FB Rice in 2000 and is a partner of the firm in our Sydney ICT team. Specialising in patent specifications in a range of ICT technologies, Connie's experience covers areas such as software, telecommunications and data communications, security, databases and imaging. Connie has been recognised as an IP Star for patent prosecution in Managing Intellectual Property, 2019/20 and endorsed in the 2019 IAM Prosecution recommended list.  
 
 
Connie joined FB Rice in 2000 and is a partner of the firm in our Sydney ICT team. Specialising in patent specifications in a range of ICT technologies, Connie's experience covers areas such as software, telecommunications and data communications, security, databases and imaging. Connie has been recognised as an IP Star for patent prosecution in Managing Intellectual Property, 2019/20 and endorsed in the 2019 IAM Prosecution recommended list.  
 
 
29 May 2019
Joanne Martin recognised once again in MIP World Top 250 list
For the fourth year in a row, Trade Marks partner Joanne Martin has been recognised by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) in the IP STARS Top 250 Women in IP 2019.
For the fourth year in a row, Trade Marks partner Joanne Martin has been recognised by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) in the IP STARS Top 250 Women in IP 2019.
When is it appropriate to file a device or image mark in colour in Australia?
Filing a trade mark in black and white in Australia is considered generally to provide broad protection, being ‘deemed’ to cover all colours. It is also possible to file for a “series of marks” which differ only in colour, and this may be useful when a mark is used in colour and also in black and white, or when the broader protection of a black and white registration is wanted. However, in some circumstances, filing in colour may be the better option.
Filing a trade mark in black and white in Australia is considered generally to provide broad protection, being ‘deemed’ to cover all colours. It is also possible to file for a “series of marks” which differ only in colour, and this may be useful when a mark is used in colour and also in black and white, or when the broader protection of a black and white registration is wanted. However, in some circumstances, filing in colour may be the better option.