Mainly intellectual property (IP) issues Down Under

The grace period and “reasonable trial”

Mack Innovations lodged a provision patent application for a “cable pulling apparatus for helicopters” on 12 August 2005. The complete application for a standard patent was lodged on 14 August 2006 and a standard patent was subsequently granted (yes, 12 and 13 August 2006 fell on the weekend). Apparently, Mack Innovations had begun testing parts and subsequently a prototype of the device in public around March 2005; i.e., about 5.. Read More

Does the international intellectual property system help or hinder exporters?

Is the question that will be addressed at a 3 hour forum in Melbourne on 25 May 2010, organised by IP Australia. Three speakers: Amy Roy, General Counsel of Boost Juice. Amy will discuss the Boost Juice experience in regards to exporting and protecting their IP overseas. She will also discuss what can be improved from a business perspective to make the IP system easier for exporters to use. Karen.. Read More