Patent & Trade Mark
Attorneys
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Experts in Navigating IP in the Asia Pacific Region
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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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Brett Lunn

Managing Partner

Brett Lunn
"The partners of FB Rice are committed to seeing the firm remain wholly owned by the partners of the firm. FB Rice is not a subsidiary of a listed entity that also owns other firm brands and does not have external shareholders with no knowledge of our industry. Our key areas of focus are to develop a firm that is the best patent and trade mark attorney firm in Australia to work for and also to provide the best possible service to our clients, with both of these goals unimpeded by external shareholders."
"The partners of FB Rice are committed to seeing the firm remain wholly owned by the partners of the firm. FB Rice is not a subsidiary of a listed entity that also owns other firm brands and does not have external shareholders with no knowledge of our industry. Our key areas of focus are to develop a firm that is the best patent and trade mark attorney firm in Australia to work for and also to provide the best possible service to our clients, with both of these goals unimpeded by external shareholders."
The importance of IP due diligence
Intellectual property (IP) is often one of the company’s most important assets. Whilst the strength of that IP can determine the value of a corporate transaction, third party IP rights may also significantly impact on a company’s freedom to operate (FTO), and consequently its value. Given the importance of IP rights in some corporate transactions, IP due diligence is often one of the last factors considered and is often assessed in a rush. This article will outline the role IP due diligence plays in corporate transactions, from reviewing a company’s assets through to FTO analyses.
Intellectual property (IP) is often one of the company’s most important assets. Whilst the strength of that IP can determine the value of a corporate transaction, third party IP rights may also significantly impact on a company’s freedom to operate (FTO), and consequently its value. Given the importance of IP rights in some corporate transactions, IP due diligence is often one of the last factors considered and is often assessed in a rush. This article will outline the role IP due diligence plays in corporate transactions, from reviewing a company’s assets through to FTO analyses.
21 August 2019
The Australian approach to the Patent Prosecution Highway
The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) is a highly effective process to obtain early examination of an application in a participating jurisdiction. Whilst the details of the process vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, the intention is to provide applicants with a means of efficiently advancing prosecution of corresponding applications in participating parties.
The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) is a highly effective process to obtain early examination of an application in a participating jurisdiction. Whilst the details of the process vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, the intention is to provide applicants with a means of efficiently advancing prosecution of corresponding applications in participating parties.
Michael Seifried
Michael Seifried is a registered Australian and New Zealand trade marks attorney and intellectual property lawyer. He is a partner in our Melbourne trade marks team and is the practice group leader. His experience acting for clients from small and medium enterprises to large publicly listed companies in both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters, means that Michael understands the need for a commercially oriented approach.

 

Michael Seifried is a registered Australian and New Zealand trade marks attorney and intellectual property lawyer. He is a partner in our Melbourne trade marks team and is the practice group leader. His experience acting for clients from small and medium enterprises to large publicly listed companies in both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters, means that Michael understands the need for a commercially oriented approach.

 

24 October 2019
IP rights for designers, in a nutshell
If you are a successful designer, you are paid to generate ideas. Intellectual property (IP) rights exist to protect the expression of ideas. IP is therefore closely linked to the value of design, allowing control of the ideas which drive design business.
If you are a successful designer, you are paid to generate ideas. Intellectual property (IP) rights exist to protect the expression of ideas. IP is therefore closely linked to the value of design, allowing control of the ideas which drive design business.
New tax treatment of your IP - Accelerated deductions available
In response to the economic impact of COVID-19 on Australian enterprise, the Federal Government has introduced changes to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.
In response to the economic impact of COVID-19 on Australian enterprise, the Federal Government has introduced changes to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.