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Charles Berman

Partner

Charles Berman
“With the resources sector becoming increasingly competitive, intellectual property protection assumes an ever more important role as a business tool. While FB Rice considers innovation as crucial in the resources sector, the benefit of such innovation is lost if an effective strategy for its protection is not also implemented as an integral part of a business's commercial strategy. Such protection is the safest mechanism for maintaining a competitive advantage.”
“With the resources sector becoming increasingly competitive, intellectual property protection assumes an ever more important role as a business tool. While FB Rice considers innovation as crucial in the resources sector, the benefit of such innovation is lost if an effective strategy for its protection is not also implemented as an integral part of a business's commercial strategy. Such protection is the safest mechanism for maintaining a competitive advantage.”
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.
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.
Corrine Porter

Associate

Corrine Porter

Corrine is an Associate in the Melbourne Chemistry team. Providing advice to both domestic and international clients for chemistry related inventions in areas ranging from confectionery to pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics to pet food, Corinne’s client base ranges from large multinationals to universities, to local start up organisations.

Corrine is an Associate in the Melbourne Chemistry team. Providing advice to both domestic and international clients for chemistry related inventions in areas ranging from confectionery to pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics to pet food, Corinne’s client base ranges from large multinationals to universities, to local start up organisations.

01 December 2017
Proposed abolition of Australian Innovation Patent
Draft legislation is underway to commence the phasing out of the Australian innovation patent. The draft legislation follows the government response in August to the recommendations of the Productivity Commission inquiry into Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements.
Draft legislation is underway to commence the phasing out of the Australian innovation patent. The draft legislation follows the government response in August to the recommendations of the Productivity Commission inquiry into Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements.
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.