Patent & Trade Mark
Attorneys
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Experts in Navigating IP in the Asia Pacific Region
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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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Patrick McManamny
"The pharmaceutical patent landscape is complex and constantly evolving. At FB Rice, we work with our clients to ensure they are aware of these changes and their effect on their business and goals, whether this is obtaining patent rights or being aware of, or avoiding, third party rights."
"The pharmaceutical patent landscape is complex and constantly evolving. At FB Rice, we work with our clients to ensure they are aware of these changes and their effect on their business and goals, whether this is obtaining patent rights or being aware of, or avoiding, third party rights."
How to obtain a patent licence from the Australian Patent Office
Australia is set to amend the Patents Act 1990 to end innovation patents, broaden the Crown use provisions and enable easier access to patents that are inadequately worked. Both of the latter amendments relate to compulsory licences. There has been considerable discussion about the possible unduly wide scope of these licences. To us, the scope is not surprising given that they arise directly from the Productivity Commission, which is pro-competition.
Australia is set to amend the Patents Act 1990 to end innovation patents, broaden the Crown use provisions and enable easier access to patents that are inadequately worked. Both of the latter amendments relate to compulsory licences. There has been considerable discussion about the possible unduly wide scope of these licences. To us, the scope is not surprising given that they arise directly from the Productivity Commission, which is pro-competition.
24 October 2019
IP rights for designers, in a nutshell
If you are a successful designer, you are paid to generate ideas. Intellectual property (IP) rights exist to protect the expression of ideas. IP is therefore closely linked to the value of design, allowing control of the ideas which drive design business.
If you are a successful designer, you are paid to generate ideas. Intellectual property (IP) rights exist to protect the expression of ideas. IP is therefore closely linked to the value of design, allowing control of the ideas which drive design business.
Steve Gledhill

Partner

Steve Gledhill
Steve Gledhill is a partner with the biotechnology team in Sydney. As well as being a registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney, Steve has qualified as a UK and European Patent Attorney and has considerable international experience, having worked at a top tier London firm of European Patent attorneys for a significant period of time. Steve was awarded IP Specialist Practitioner at the 2019 Client Choice Awards.
Steve Gledhill is a partner with the biotechnology team in Sydney. As well as being a registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney, Steve has qualified as a UK and European Patent Attorney and has considerable international experience, having worked at a top tier London firm of European Patent attorneys for a significant period of time. Steve was awarded IP Specialist Practitioner at the 2019 Client Choice Awards.
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.
Patents of beauty
The words ‘beauty’ and ‘patents’ are rarely used together, unless you are talking to some passionate patent attorneys. Similarly, advertising the use of ‘chemistry’ or ‘chemicals’ in the manufacture of beauty products or cosmetics is rather unlikely. However, the three – chemistry, cosmetics and patents – constitute a successful formula that has been working for well over a century.
The words ‘beauty’ and ‘patents’ are rarely used together, unless you are talking to some passionate patent attorneys. Similarly, advertising the use of ‘chemistry’ or ‘chemicals’ in the manufacture of beauty products or cosmetics is rather unlikely. However, the three – chemistry, cosmetics and patents – constitute a successful formula that has been working for well over a century.