Patent & Trade Mark
Attorneys
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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.

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One door to South East Asia
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Connie Merlino

Partner

Connie Merlino
“With its strategic geographical position, Australia is the fifth largest Information and Communication Technology (ICT) market and is ranked second in Asia Pacific in terms of protection of intellectual property rights. FB Rice contributes to this success by working closely with pioneering ICT hubs such as Australia’s Federal ICT research centre of excellence NICTA and Australia’s national science agency CSIRO to ensure their innovations are protected.”
“With its strategic geographical position, Australia is the fifth largest Information and Communication Technology (ICT) market and is ranked second in Asia Pacific in terms of protection of intellectual property rights. FB Rice contributes to this success by working closely with pioneering ICT hubs such as Australia’s Federal ICT research centre of excellence NICTA and Australia’s national science agency CSIRO to ensure their innovations are protected.”
Descriptive trade marks: can David, Goliath and all their mates now use “community bank”?
In rectification proceedings, the Federal Court of Australia recently allowed cancellation of a registration for “COMMUNITY BANK” under s88 of the Trade Marks Act 1995 on the basis that it was entirely descriptive of banking services.
In rectification proceedings, the Federal Court of Australia recently allowed cancellation of a registration for “COMMUNITY BANK” under s88 of the Trade Marks Act 1995 on the basis that it was entirely descriptive of banking services.
26 September 2019
Patentability of computer implemented inventions in Australia: Three key takeaways from the Encompass decision
Although it is disappointing that the full bench of the Federal Court did not set straight “the metes and bounds of patentable computer-implemented inventions”, the Encompass decision has provided some useful guidance for patenting computer implemented inventions in Australia.
Although it is disappointing that the full bench of the Federal Court did not set straight “the metes and bounds of patentable computer-implemented inventions”, the Encompass decision has provided some useful guidance for patenting computer implemented inventions in Australia.
Eddie Walker

Partner

Eddie Walker
As a partner in our Sydney Medical Technology team with over 15 years of experience in private patent practice, Eddie Walker focuses on providing his diverse and global client-base with pragmatic, well thought out advice, breaking down difficult concepts in a clear and concise manner. He does this with a strong international grounding in IP following qualification as an Australian and New Zealand patent attorney at FB Rice, and also as a UK and European patent attorney while working for a major firm in London.

 

As a partner in our Sydney Medical Technology team with over 15 years of experience in private patent practice, Eddie Walker focuses on providing his diverse and global client-base with pragmatic, well thought out advice, breaking down difficult concepts in a clear and concise manner. He does this with a strong international grounding in IP following qualification as an Australian and New Zealand patent attorney at FB Rice, and also as a UK and European patent attorney while working for a major firm in London.

 

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.