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Joanne Martin

Partner

Joanne Martin
"Many Australian businesses look to China as offering opportunities for business growth both in China and globally. China is recognised as a complex and challenging market, however businesses trading successfully with China tend to be more competitive both domestically and in the international market in response to those learnings."
"Many Australian businesses look to China as offering opportunities for business growth both in China and globally. China is recognised as a complex and challenging market, however businesses trading successfully with China tend to be more competitive both domestically and in the international market in response to those learnings."
New Zealand to introduce a one-year grace period
New Zealand looks set to introduce a new one-year grace period into the Patents Act 2013 after ratifying the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) on 25 October 2018.
New Zealand looks set to introduce a new one-year grace period into the Patents Act 2013 after ratifying the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) on 25 October 2018.
22 October 2018
C-Suite and Tax Seminar Day 15 November 2018
Kate Mahady and Jenny Petering are excited to be participating in the inaugural Clayton Utz C-Suite and Tax Seminar Day in Melbourne on Thursday 15 November. Join them for a roundtable discussion on R&D tax, IP and Intangibles.
Kate Mahady and Jenny Petering are excited to be participating in the inaugural Clayton Utz C-Suite and Tax Seminar Day in Melbourne on Thursday 15 November. Join them for a roundtable discussion on R&D tax, IP and Intangibles.
Millee Sotheren

Senior R&D Tax Analyst

Millee Sotheren

Millee Sotheren is a tax analyst in our R&D Tax Consulting team in Melbourne who uses her scientific, financial and global experience to provide high quality, comprehensive results for her clients.

Millee Sotheren is a tax analyst in our R&D Tax Consulting team in Melbourne who uses her scientific, financial and global experience to provide high quality, comprehensive results for her clients.

11 May 2018
UK triggers next step in European patent overhaul
On 26 April 2018 the UK government ratified the agreement aimed at establishing the long-awaited Unified Patent Court (UPC) in Europe. The fate of the UPC now rests with Germany as the only remaining country still required to ratify the agreement before it can come into effect. There remains some uncertainty around exactly when that will happen. Nevertheless, the UK’s ratification represents a significant step towards implementation of a radically different framework for patent enforcement in Europe. We recommend that Australian and New Zealand companies take note in preparation for the changes ahead.
On 26 April 2018 the UK government ratified the agreement aimed at establishing the long-awaited Unified Patent Court (UPC) in Europe. The fate of the UPC now rests with Germany as the only remaining country still required to ratify the agreement before it can come into effect. There remains some uncertainty around exactly when that will happen. Nevertheless, the UK’s ratification represents a significant step towards implementation of a radically different framework for patent enforcement in Europe. We recommend that Australian and New Zealand companies take note in preparation for the changes ahead.
Australia: Change to patent examiners manual creates uncertainty
It is a long-standing principle of Australian patent law that determining whether or not a patent application is directed towards patentable subject matter should be done separately to determining issues of novelty and inventive step. However, amendments to the Australian Patent Examiners Manual late last year introduced a new practice, encouraging consideration of prior art when assessing subject matter eligibility, which in Australia includes the requirement that the invention be a manner of manufacture.
It is a long-standing principle of Australian patent law that determining whether or not a patent application is directed towards patentable subject matter should be done separately to determining issues of novelty and inventive step. However, amendments to the Australian Patent Examiners Manual late last year introduced a new practice, encouraging consideration of prior art when assessing subject matter eligibility, which in Australia includes the requirement that the invention be a manner of manufacture.