Patent & Trade Mark
Attorneys
We are
Experts in Navigating IP in the Asia Pacific Region
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.

 

Joanne Martin

Partner

Joanne Martin
"Businesses which spend time and money on creating, developing and promoting their brands recognise that trade marks are valuable commercial assets, and registration of their marks is an essential part of their IP strategy."
"Businesses which spend time and money on creating, developing and promoting their brands recognise that trade marks are valuable commercial assets, and registration of their marks is an essential part of their IP strategy."
Inventorship – a muddy concept at best
Inventorship has been described as “one of muddiest concepts in the muddy metaphysics of the patent law.” Mueller Brass Co. v. Reading Industries, Inc., 352 F.Supp. 1357, 1372 (E.D.Pa. 1972). Determining inventorship is a complex issue that is undertaken on a much stricter basis than authorship of a scientific publication. It can also be a particularly contentious issue when people are not named as inventors. Not only can this lead to alienation, but it can also lead to legal issues. For example, a patent may be invalid if incorrect inventors are intentionally named. During litigation, a defendant may also be able to identify an unnamed inventor and obtain an assignment from them, thereby qualifying as a co-owner of the patent and no longer subject to the litigation.
Inventorship has been described as “one of muddiest concepts in the muddy metaphysics of the patent law.” Mueller Brass Co. v. Reading Industries, Inc., 352 F.Supp. 1357, 1372 (E.D.Pa. 1972). Determining inventorship is a complex issue that is undertaken on a much stricter basis than authorship of a scientific publication. It can also be a particularly contentious issue when people are not named as inventors. Not only can this lead to alienation, but it can also lead to legal issues. For example, a patent may be invalid if incorrect inventors are intentionally named. During litigation, a defendant may also be able to identify an unnamed inventor and obtain an assignment from them, thereby qualifying as a co-owner of the patent and no longer subject to the litigation.
20 June 2017
Australian Technologies Competition | Semi Finalists Announced
Partner Rachel Hooke and the judging panel have shortlisted thirty-eight of Australia's leading and innovative technology companies for the Australian Technologies Competition 2017 Business Accelerator. The semi-finalists are up and coming game-changers working across the sectors of energy, manufacturing, food & agritech, mining, medical technologies, cyber security and smart cities.
Partner Rachel Hooke and the judging panel have shortlisted thirty-eight of Australia's leading and innovative technology companies for the Australian Technologies Competition 2017 Business Accelerator. The semi-finalists are up and coming game-changers working across the sectors of energy, manufacturing, food & agritech, mining, medical technologies, cyber security and smart cities.
Ronelle Geldenhuys

Senior Associate

Ronelle Geldenhuys

Ronelle is a qualified Australian Patent Attorney with a strong background in electronics, computer networks, communication systems, mine automation and domestic appliances. Her experience spans drafting, infringement and patentability opinions and the prosecution of applications in Australia, the United States, Europe, China and South America.

Ronelle is a qualified Australian Patent Attorney with a strong background in electronics, computer networks, communication systems, mine automation and domestic appliances. Her experience spans drafting, infringement and patentability opinions and the prosecution of applications in Australia, the United States, Europe, China and South America.

25 May 2017
FB Rice Perth welcomes new staff members
FB Rice is delighted to announce new additions to their Perth office – Associate Carol Kane and Trainee Attorney Otto Saha. Both Carol and Otto join the firm at a period of continued growth in Perth, where FB Rice continues to meet the needs of their local client base.
FB Rice is delighted to announce new additions to their Perth office – Associate Carol Kane and Trainee Attorney Otto Saha. Both Carol and Otto join the firm at a period of continued growth in Perth, where FB Rice continues to meet the needs of their local client base.
WIPOs First Millionaire | Chinese Patent Filings Break New Record
WIPO has published its World Intellectual Property Indicators 2016 report, which details a healthy growth of intellectual property filings in 2015. Overall, the statistics demonstrate a positive trend in global innovation for the year, with patent filings increasing by 7.8% and trade mark filings increasing by a staggering 15.3%.
WIPO has published its World Intellectual Property Indicators 2016 report, which details a healthy growth of intellectual property filings in 2015. Overall, the statistics demonstrate a positive trend in global innovation for the year, with patent filings increasing by 7.8% and trade mark filings increasing by a staggering 15.3%.