Patent & Trade Mark
Attorneys
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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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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."
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.
19 November 2018
GUI designs in Australia
The position regarding the valid registration of designs for graphical user interfaces (GUIs) in Australia is currently unclear. We discuss below the registration of GUI designs in Australia, and steps that may be taken to maximise opportunities for successfully obtaining valid Australian design rights.
The position regarding the valid registration of designs for graphical user interfaces (GUIs) in Australia is currently unclear. We discuss below the registration of GUI designs in Australia, and steps that may be taken to maximise opportunities for successfully obtaining valid Australian design rights.
Will Morgan

Overseas Qualified Attorney

Will Morgan
Will is a European and UK Patent Attorney specialising in analogue and digital electronics, communications technology, semiconductor device design, software, user interfaces, and medical technology. He is also a European Design Attorney with substantial experience in the prosecution of registered designs around the world.  As a homebrewer, Will also has a keen interest in brewing and distilling technologies.

 

Will is a European and UK Patent Attorney specialising in analogue and digital electronics, communications technology, semiconductor device design, software, user interfaces, and medical technology. He is also a European Design Attorney with substantial experience in the prosecution of registered designs around the world.  As a homebrewer, Will also has a keen interest in brewing and distilling technologies.

 

15 March 2018
Winner - 2018 Best IP Specialist Firm
FB Rice is delighted to announce that it has been awarded Best IP Specialist Firm at the Client Choice Awards held in Melbourne.
FB Rice is delighted to announce that it has been awarded Best IP Specialist Firm at the Client Choice Awards held in Melbourne.
Interfering RNA (iRNA) is no interference to manner of manufacture in Australia
The Australian Patent Office (APO) has determined that claims directed to a composition comprising double-stranded RNA (so-called “interfering RNA” or “iRNA”) is a manner of manufacture (patent eligible subject matter) in accordance with Section 18(1)(a) of the Patents Act.
The Australian Patent Office (APO) has determined that claims directed to a composition comprising double-stranded RNA (so-called “interfering RNA” or “iRNA”) is a manner of manufacture (patent eligible subject matter) in accordance with Section 18(1)(a) of the Patents Act.