Patent & Trade Mark
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16 Apr 2018
A registered mark provides a number of benefits; the right to exclusive use of the mark for the goods and services covered, the right to sue for infringement, as a deterrent to competitors from using the same or similar mark, and as a hurdle to registration of similar marks by competitors. The question is which version of the mark should be registered to maximise these benefits? It is a strategic decision and one that is useful to discuss with your trade mark attorney to ensure the best outcomes.Read more

06 Apr 2018
A Private Member’s Bill proposed to be introduced for debate in New Zealand’s Parliament may provide New Zealand innovators access to a second-tier patent system, affording them the opportunity for patent protection for inventions that may not qualify for a standard patent. Read more

29 Mar 2018
The thought of the cocoa bean extinction on the horizon due to climate change gives me the shivers. Without cocoa beans, there is no chocolate! Don’t panic; science and innovation is working towards future-proofing the chocolate industry.Read more

22 Mar 2018
FB Rice is delighted to announce that the firm has been voted the "Australian Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year" by the internationally renowned journal, Managing Intellectual Property (MIP). Read more

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Our philosophy says that there is more to fulfilling our clients' needs than the advice that they receive directly from us. It is important to us to help educate clients and to help them to stay abreast of developments in intellectual property. For this reason we offer 'Library Resources' which includes tools such as patent and trade mark 'Q&A', flow charts which outline patent processes and a variety of fact sheets.

Useful Links


Government Websites

IP Australia - Australian Patent Office
IPONZ - New Zealand Intellectual Property Office
WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organisation

Associated Organisations

AIPLA - American Intellectual Property Law Association
AIPPI - International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
AIPF - Association of Intellectual Property Firms
BIO - Biotechnology Industry Organisation
FICPI - International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys
INTA - International Trademark Association
IPSANZ - Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
RACI - Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Our People
Connie joined FB Rice in 2000, is a Partner of the firm and is located in our Sydney office. She specialises in drafting and prosecuting patents in a range of ICT technologies.
Connie is a registered Australian Patent and Trade Marks Attorney.