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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Brett Lunn

Managing Partner

Brett Lunn
“FB Rice has a long and strong tradition of assisting Australian entities with their patent, trade mark and IP strategy needs. The R&D Tax Incentive is relevant to many of these existing clients, and hence FB Rice sees a strong synergy between our existing service offerings and our new R&D Tax Consulting group”.
“FB Rice has a long and strong tradition of assisting Australian entities with their patent, trade mark and IP strategy needs. The R&D Tax Incentive is relevant to many of these existing clients, and hence FB Rice sees a strong synergy between our existing service offerings and our new R&D Tax Consulting group”.
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.
07 May 2018
New Zealand relaxes support required for amending patent specifications
Based on a recent decision by New Zealand’s Intellectual Property Office (IPONZ), patent applicants wishing to amend the specification during examination in New Zealand no longer need to provide a specific statement of support in the original specification for each and every proposed amendment.
Based on a recent decision by New Zealand’s Intellectual Property Office (IPONZ), patent applicants wishing to amend the specification during examination in New Zealand no longer need to provide a specific statement of support in the original specification for each and every proposed amendment.
Matthew Lay

Patent Attorney

Matthew Lay
Matthew is a registered patent attorney based in our Melbourne office. His passion for science and technology initially led him into the field of research, and now fuels his interest in guiding clients to obtaining the best IP protection for their needs. His diverse research career at leading universities and a leading research organisation includes work in physical metallurgy, semiconductors, and computational bio-medical research. Matthew’s patent experience extends over fields such as mechanical engineering, MRI and other analytical instrumentation, building construction, medical devices and software.
Matthew is a registered patent attorney based in our Melbourne office. His passion for science and technology initially led him into the field of research, and now fuels his interest in guiding clients to obtaining the best IP protection for their needs. His diverse research career at leading universities and a leading research organisation includes work in physical metallurgy, semiconductors, and computational bio-medical research. Matthew’s patent experience extends over fields such as mechanical engineering, MRI and other analytical instrumentation, building construction, medical devices and software.
26 April 2018
World IP Day | Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity
As part of World Intellectual Property Day, FB Rice would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the achievements made by women in IP and in particular, highlight the achievements of one of our clients, Meagan Redelman, co-founder of Redsbaby.
As part of World Intellectual Property Day, FB Rice would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the achievements made by women in IP and in particular, highlight the achievements of one of our clients, Meagan Redelman, co-founder of Redsbaby.
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.