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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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Connie Merlino

Partner

Connie Merlino
“With its strategic geographical position, Australia is the fifth largest Information and Communication Technology (ICT) market and is ranked second in Asia Pacific in terms of protection of intellectual property rights. FB Rice contributes to this success by working closely with pioneering ICT hubs such as Australia’s Federal ICT research centre of excellence NICTA and Australia’s national science agency CSIRO to ensure their innovations are protected.”
“With its strategic geographical position, Australia is the fifth largest Information and Communication Technology (ICT) market and is ranked second in Asia Pacific in terms of protection of intellectual property rights. FB Rice contributes to this success by working closely with pioneering ICT hubs such as Australia’s Federal ICT research centre of excellence NICTA and Australia’s national science agency CSIRO to ensure their innovations are protected.”
New Zealand to introduce a one-year grace period
New Zealand looks set to introduce a new one-year grace period into the Patents Act 2013 after ratifying the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) on 25 October 2018.
New Zealand looks set to introduce a new one-year grace period into the Patents Act 2013 after ratifying the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) on 25 October 2018.
19 July 2017
New Zealand joins the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH)
On 6 July 2017, the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) became the latest member to join the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH).
On 6 July 2017, the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) became the latest member to join the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH).
Michael Chin Quan

Senior Associate

Michael Chin Quan

Michael Chin Quan is a senior Patent Attorney in the Melbourne Engineering team and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from Monash university and a Masters of Engineering Science (Environmental Engineering) from the University of Melbourne.

Michael Chin Quan is a senior Patent Attorney in the Melbourne Engineering team and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from Monash university and a Masters of Engineering Science (Environmental Engineering) from the University of Melbourne.

06 September 2018
Australia China Technology Incubator Bootcamp - Melbourne date announced!
The Australia China Technology Incubator (ACTI) Melbourne date has been announced. The two-day Bootcamp, funded by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, will run on the 25-26 October.
The Australia China Technology Incubator (ACTI) Melbourne date has been announced. The two-day Bootcamp, funded by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, will run on the 25-26 October.
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.