Patent & Trade Mark
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Joanne Martin

Partner

Joanne Martin
"Obtaining appropriate trade mark registration is a strategic process, to meet legal requirements, ensure freedom to use without infringing the rights of others, to place others on notice of IP rights and to provide strong, enforceable rights against infringers. Protection should be part of what a business is doing, reflecting the level of importance of marks and brands, and the level of determination to protect those rights."
"Obtaining appropriate trade mark registration is a strategic process, to meet legal requirements, ensure freedom to use without infringing the rights of others, to place others on notice of IP rights and to provide strong, enforceable rights against infringers. Protection should be part of what a business is doing, reflecting the level of importance of marks and brands, and the level of determination to protect those rights."
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.
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.
David Lee

Senior Associate

David Lee
David is a Senior Associate in the Engineering group of our Sydney office and holds a Bachelor of Science from Macquarie University, Sydney and a Masters in Industrial Property Law from the University of Technology, Sydney.
David is a Senior Associate in the Engineering group of our Sydney office and holds a Bachelor of Science from Macquarie University, Sydney and a Masters in Industrial Property Law from the University of Technology, Sydney.
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.