Patent & Trade Mark
Attorneys
We are
Experts in Navigating IP in the Asia Pacific Region
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.

For specific information on our Asia Pacific capability, click here.

 

 
One door to South East Asia
For a seamless service for filing and prosecuting patent and trade mark applications in South East Asia, click here.

 

Joanne Martin

Partner

Joanne Martin
"Many Australian businesses look to China as offering opportunities for business growth both in China and globally. China is recognised as a complex and challenging market, however businesses trading successfully with China tend to be more competitive both domestically and in the international market in response to those learnings."
"Many Australian businesses look to China as offering opportunities for business growth both in China and globally. China is recognised as a complex and challenging market, however businesses trading successfully with China tend to be more competitive both domestically and in the international market in response to those learnings."
Inventorship – a muddy concept at best
Inventorship has been described as “one of muddiest concepts in the muddy metaphysics of the patent law.” Mueller Brass Co. v. Reading Industries, Inc., 352 F.Supp. 1357, 1372 (E.D.Pa. 1972). Determining inventorship is a complex issue that is undertaken on a much stricter basis than authorship of a scientific publication. It can also be a particularly contentious issue when people are not named as inventors. Not only can this lead to alienation, but it can also lead to legal issues. For example, a patent may be invalid if incorrect inventors are intentionally named. During litigation, a defendant may also be able to identify an unnamed inventor and obtain an assignment from them, thereby qualifying as a co-owner of the patent and no longer subject to the litigation.
Inventorship has been described as “one of muddiest concepts in the muddy metaphysics of the patent law.” Mueller Brass Co. v. Reading Industries, Inc., 352 F.Supp. 1357, 1372 (E.D.Pa. 1972). Determining inventorship is a complex issue that is undertaken on a much stricter basis than authorship of a scientific publication. It can also be a particularly contentious issue when people are not named as inventors. Not only can this lead to alienation, but it can also lead to legal issues. For example, a patent may be invalid if incorrect inventors are intentionally named. During litigation, a defendant may also be able to identify an unnamed inventor and obtain an assignment from them, thereby qualifying as a co-owner of the patent and no longer subject to the litigation.
16 September 2017
FB Rice supports Marriage Equality in Australia
At FB Rice, we recognise that diversity is a strength and that we are a better firm for having people with different ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation and backgrounds.
At FB Rice, we recognise that diversity is a strength and that we are a better firm for having people with different ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation and backgrounds.
Marcus Caulfield
Marcus specialises in patent matters related to chemistry and his main areas of expertise are the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, oppositions, providing validity and infringement advice, and conducting “freedom to operate” patent searches.
 
Marcus is a registered Australian Patent and Trade Marks Attorney.
Marcus specialises in patent matters related to chemistry and his main areas of expertise are the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, oppositions, providing validity and infringement advice, and conducting “freedom to operate” patent searches.
 
Marcus is a registered Australian Patent and Trade Marks Attorney.
01 February 2018
Prue Cowin, Desma Grice & Corrine Porter | Promoted to Associate
The partners of FB Rice are excited to announce the promotion to Associate of three of the firm’s most talented patent attorneys: Prue Cowin, Desma Grice and Corrine Porter.
The partners of FB Rice are excited to announce the promotion to Associate of three of the firm’s most talented patent attorneys: Prue Cowin, Desma Grice and Corrine Porter.
WIPOs First Millionaire | Chinese Patent Filings Break New Record
WIPO has published its World Intellectual Property Indicators 2016 report, which details a healthy growth of intellectual property filings in 2015. Overall, the statistics demonstrate a positive trend in global innovation for the year, with patent filings increasing by 7.8% and trade mark filings increasing by a staggering 15.3%.
WIPO has published its World Intellectual Property Indicators 2016 report, which details a healthy growth of intellectual property filings in 2015. Overall, the statistics demonstrate a positive trend in global innovation for the year, with patent filings increasing by 7.8% and trade mark filings increasing by a staggering 15.3%.