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
"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."
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.
04 October 2018
World Trade Organization upholds Australia's tobacco plain packaging legislation
On 28 June 2018, the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel handed down its decision finding that Australia’s legislation requiring tobacco products be sold in plain packaging does not violate its trade obligations. The WTO panel found the legislation contributed to Australia’s objective of improving public health by reducing the use of, and exposure to, tobacco products and to be an integral part of Australia’s comprehensive tobacco control policies.
On 28 June 2018, the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel handed down its decision finding that Australia’s legislation requiring tobacco products be sold in plain packaging does not violate its trade obligations. The WTO panel found the legislation contributed to Australia’s objective of improving public health by reducing the use of, and exposure to, tobacco products and to be an integral part of Australia’s comprehensive tobacco control policies.
Maria Matveenko

Trainee Attorney

Maria Matveenko

Maria Matveenko is a trainee attorney in our Melbourne chemistry team.  Her expertise across multiple scientific disciplines including organic chemistry, protein biochemistry and medicinal chemistry has contributed to a number of first author publications in high impact journals.  Maria is keen to apply this knowledge, interest and experience to her work with new and existing clients in the sector, and is currently studying for her Master of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Melbourne.

Maria Matveenko is a trainee attorney in our Melbourne chemistry team.  Her expertise across multiple scientific disciplines including organic chemistry, protein biochemistry and medicinal chemistry has contributed to a number of first author publications in high impact journals.  Maria is keen to apply this knowledge, interest and experience to her work with new and existing clients in the sector, and is currently studying for her Master of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Melbourne.

08 February 2018
FB Rice Trade Marks team ranked Tier 1 for Prosecution - MIP
For the fourth year in a row, our Trade Marks team has been ranked Tier 1 for Trade Marks prosecution by Managing Intellectual Property. The IP STARS survey is recognised by the IP industry globally as a key benchmark for the industry.
For the fourth year in a row, our Trade Marks team has been ranked Tier 1 for Trade Marks prosecution by Managing Intellectual Property. The IP STARS survey is recognised by the IP industry globally as a key benchmark for the industry.
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.