Loud Shirt Day at POF!

Friday 19 October is Loud Shirt Day! As part of the POF Group’s approach to diversity and inclusion, we have gotten loud for deaf kids! Loud Shirt Day is a great way to educate the community and understand hearing issues, spreading the message that deaf children can learn to listen and speak through early intervention. …
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What a Crocker…Groundless threats result in permanent injunction

It’s risky business bringing proceedings for IP infringement without proper legal advice. A self-represented Debra Crocker learnt this the hard way over a series of court proceedings, which saw her sentenced to time in prison for contempt of Court and prohibited from instituting proceedings in the Federal Court with limited exception. Following these recent proceedings,[1] …
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IP Australia says Jā to “special characters” for patent applicants and inventors

In what is a quite recent but unpublicised development, IP Australia now record “special” non-English characters (i.e. accented letters, umlauts, diaeresis and the like) for applicants and inventor names on new incoming patent applications. Until recently, an inventor named, for example, Åsa  or Björn in a PCT national phase entry designating Australia would be recorded …
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First of its kind: Injunction restraining launch of biosimilar granted in Australia

The first interlocutory injunction restraining the launch of a biosimilar pharmaceutical product was granted by the Federal Court of Australia in a decision on 12 June 2018¹. Background The decision concerns the monoclonal antibody rituximab, a biologic therapy which is prescribed in Australia to treat a number of immunology conditions including lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia …
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Crema-free coffee patent grinds to a stop

A recent opposition decision of the Australian Patent Office¹ focused on the level of disclosure which is required in a patent specification to properly enable and support the claimed invention. This decision illustrates the importance of providing an enabling disclosure across the full width of the claimed invention and, where possible, providing a principle of …
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POF supports RSPCA Cupcake Day

We hosted a morning tea in recognition of RSPCA Cupcake Day to raise much needed funds for the RSPCA. Cupcake Day is the sweetest opportunity of the year to raise money for animals in need, and all funds raised goes directly towards helping the abandoned, neglected and surrendered animals around the country that turn to the …
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Supporting Daffodil Day 2018

Daffodil Day provides each of us the opportunity to work toward a future that is free of cancer, with all funds raised through Daffodil Day going to cancer research, prevention, support services and advocacy. This year, as part of our Community Contribution Program, POF employees generously volunteered their time to support Daffodil Day operating a …
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