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Fee surcharge for more than 20 claims

Patent Baristas look at rule changes introduced by IP Australia to stop patent applicants  circumventing the $100 surcharge for each claim in a patent in excess of 20 claims. Read on here with links to IP Australia’s announcement. Apparently, IP Australia plans that the new arrangements come into force on 1 August 2010. Wonder whether the CoreEconomy guys will be publishing articles about distorting the market for excessive claiming? Still,.. 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

Peer to patent Down Under

The pilot project being run be QUT, with support from New York University Law School and IP Australia is nearing the end of its first phase: there are a number of applications open for review until 9 March 2010. According to IP Australia The pilot has made a successful start, following its launch in December 2009. The community of reviewers has identified 27 prior art references and contributed 57 comments.. Read More

IP Australia more 2nd round consultations

IP Australia has issued a second consultation paper – with draft drafting instructions: Flexible Search and Examination Streamlining the Patent Process As with the first round of the second round, comments are required by 12 Feb 2010. The new paper and drafting instructions can be found here (pdf). Links to all the papers, pdf and word, via here.

2nd round consultations on IP reform in Australia

IP Australia has published a second round of consultation paper (pdf) on its proposals for reform of intellectual property laws and procedures in Australia. Topics covered include: Getting the Balance Right Exemptions to Patent Infringement Resolving patent opposition proceedings faster Resolving trade mark opposition proceedings faster Resolving divisional applications faster Getting the Balance Right Exemptions to Patent Infringement Resolving patent opposition proceedings faster Resolving trade mark opposition proceedings faster Resolving.. Read More

IP Australia issues more reform discussion papers

IP Australia has released two more discussion papers of reform proposals: Flexible search and examination Flexible Search and Examination (patents) Streamlining the patent process The Streamlining paper has some ambitious goals: Removing unnecessary differences in law between Australia and overseas jurisdictions. This would help reduce the cost to applicants of re-drafting claims to meet the various requirements of each jurisdiction. It would also reduce the potential for errors to occur as a result.. Read More

Patent and Trade Mark procedures in the Office

IP Australia has released 3 further consultation papers on “IP Rights Reforms”: resolving divisional applications faster resolving patent oppositions faster resolving trade mark oppositions faster Submissions are sought by 17 August 2009. Download the papers (pdf or .doc) from here. There are also links to the earlier papers on ‘Getting the Balance Right’ and ‘Exemptions to Patent Infringement’.

Philip Noonan live interview

From Peter Ollie at Managing IP: Managing IP magazine’s Asia editor Peter Ollier will be conducting a live online interview with IP Australia director general Philip Noonan on Friday March 6 at 4pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. The one-hour interview will cover topics such as the recommendations in Terry Cutler’s venturousaustralia report, innovative step and inventive step in Australia’s patent law, the controversial Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and the impact of the credit crunch.. Read More

IP Professionals Forum

IP Austraia is seeking applications from registered patent attorneys and/or trade mark attorneys for appointment to its IP Professionals Forum. According to the blurb, the IP Professionals Forum: The IP Professionals Forum is the principal forum for consultation, discussion and information exchange on IP matters that relate to IP professionals. Meetings will allow for high-level discussion on IP policy, IP management, innovation and the broader IP environment, both in Australia.. Read More

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