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
For a seamless service for filing and prosecuting patent and trade mark applications in South East Asia, click here.
Charles Berman

Partner

Charles Berman
“With the resources sector becoming increasingly competitive, intellectual property protection assumes an ever more important role as a business tool. While FB Rice considers innovation as crucial in the resources sector, the benefit of such innovation is lost if an effective strategy for its protection is not also implemented as an integral part of a business's commercial strategy. Such protection is the safest mechanism for maintaining a competitive advantage.”
“With the resources sector becoming increasingly competitive, intellectual property protection assumes an ever more important role as a business tool. While FB Rice considers innovation as crucial in the resources sector, the benefit of such innovation is lost if an effective strategy for its protection is not also implemented as an integral part of a business's commercial strategy. Such protection is the safest mechanism for maintaining a competitive advantage.”
Working Requirement in Indonesia
As the largest economy in South-East Asia, Indonesia is an attractive and valuable jurisdiction for patent protection. While Indonesia has largely been a major importer of manufactured goods and technical skills, the economy of Indonesia has recently shifted towards manufacturing and trade. Accordingly, the Indonesian government is keen to promote technology transfer and encourage local job opportunities and has introduced a working requirement for Indonesian patents and has recently further clarified the process.
As the largest economy in South-East Asia, Indonesia is an attractive and valuable jurisdiction for patent protection. While Indonesia has largely been a major importer of manufactured goods and technical skills, the economy of Indonesia has recently shifted towards manufacturing and trade. Accordingly, the Indonesian government is keen to promote technology transfer and encourage local job opportunities and has introduced a working requirement for Indonesian patents and has recently further clarified the process.
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.
Corrine Porter

Associate

Corrine Porter

Corrine is an Associate in the Melbourne Chemistry team. Providing advice to both domestic and international clients for chemistry related inventions in areas ranging from confectionery to pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics to pet food, Corinne’s client base ranges from large multinationals to universities, to local start up organisations.

Corrine is an Associate in the Melbourne Chemistry team. Providing advice to both domestic and international clients for chemistry related inventions in areas ranging from confectionery to pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics to pet food, Corinne’s client base ranges from large multinationals to universities, to local start up organisations.

18 January 2019
Evolving trade mark law and practice in China – optimising trade mark protection
For those planning to trade with China, whether to manufacture or sell branded products or provide services, it is essential to file for trade mark registration early.
For those planning to trade with China, whether to manufacture or sell branded products or provide services, it is essential to file for trade mark registration early.
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.