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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
“The patentability of software remains a grey area under Australian law and around the world. But patenting software is possible in the right hands. Our Information Communications and Technology team at FB Rice are experts at ensuring that software inventions are robustly protected worldwide.”
“The patentability of software remains a grey area under Australian law and around the world. But patenting software is possible in the right hands. Our Information Communications and Technology team at FB Rice are experts at ensuring that software inventions are robustly protected worldwide.”
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.
06 March 2019
FB Rice and Gender Balance
FB Rice celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) 2019 and #BalanceforBetter with a morning tea in each of our offices. This gave us an opportunity to discuss the issues which women face in today’s workplaces. There was a general consensus and support in favour of the following themes presented by organisers of international Women’s Day.
FB Rice celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) 2019 and #BalanceforBetter with a morning tea in each of our offices. This gave us an opportunity to discuss the issues which women face in today’s workplaces. There was a general consensus and support in favour of the following themes presented by organisers of international Women’s Day.
Jane Hutchison

Special Counsel

Jane Hutchison
Jane Hutchison is special counsel in our Melbourne Biotechnology team, well known for her ability to develop strong, collaborative relationships with her clients. Working with a range of research institutes and corporate clients, Jane provides information relating to drafting, ownership, inventorship and other intellectual property strategies. She develops close working relationships with her clients and they rely heavily on her strategic IP advice.
Jane Hutchison is special counsel in our Melbourne Biotechnology team, well known for her ability to develop strong, collaborative relationships with her clients. Working with a range of research institutes and corporate clients, Jane provides information relating to drafting, ownership, inventorship and other intellectual property strategies. She develops close working relationships with her clients and they rely heavily on her strategic IP advice.
08 August 2019
2019 EMDG applications now open
For those involved in developing export markets, the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) can provide a reimbursement of up to 50% on eligible expenditure. Importantly for FB Rice clients, this includes Overseas IP related costs including patent and trademark registration, up to a maximum of $50,000.
For those involved in developing export markets, the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) can provide a reimbursement of up to 50% on eligible expenditure. Importantly for FB Rice clients, this includes Overseas IP related costs including patent and trademark registration, up to a maximum of $50,000.
Expect the unexpected | Patenting antibodies in Asia
Monoclonal antibodies are important human therapeutic agents and represent some of the largest selling drugs in the world. Patents relating to antibodies are treated differently to some other compounds in some jurisdictions. This article touches on some of the important requirements for antibody patenting in some major Asian jurisdictions, namely Japan, China and South Korea.
Monoclonal antibodies are important human therapeutic agents and represent some of the largest selling drugs in the world. Patents relating to antibodies are treated differently to some other compounds in some jurisdictions. This article touches on some of the important requirements for antibody patenting in some major Asian jurisdictions, namely Japan, China and South Korea.