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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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.”
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.
06 September 2018
What is the stance on plain packaging across Asia?
IP practitioners are concerned that the WTO ruling on plain packaging encroaches on IP rights and could spell trouble for other industries
IP practitioners are concerned that the WTO ruling on plain packaging encroaches on IP rights and could spell trouble for other industries
JP Hwang

Associate

JP Hwang

JP is a registered Patent and Trade Mark Attorney in the Sydney Medical Technology group who specialises in the fields of biomedical, mechanical, electrical and software inventions. Following completion of his Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours), and Graduate Certificate of Engineering Science (Mechanical) at the University of NSW, JP went on to complete his Masters of Intellectual Property Law through the University of Technology Sydney and is now an Associate at FB Rice.

JP is a registered Patent and Trade Mark Attorney in the Sydney Medical Technology group who specialises in the fields of biomedical, mechanical, electrical and software inventions. Following completion of his Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours), and Graduate Certificate of Engineering Science (Mechanical) at the University of NSW, JP went on to complete his Masters of Intellectual Property Law through the University of Technology Sydney and is now an Associate at FB Rice.

07 June 2017
FB Rice receives Asia IP Tier 1 Ranking for patent proscution
Asia IP has released their rankings for 2017, and we are delighted to have received a Tier 1 ranking for Patent Prosecution. This ranking is testament to our commitment to clients in Australia and abroad, and we look forward to continuing to provide this service.
Asia IP has released their rankings for 2017, and we are delighted to have received a Tier 1 ranking for Patent Prosecution. This ranking is testament to our commitment to clients in Australia and abroad, and we look forward to continuing to provide this service.
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.