POF’s Alexis Keating shortlisted in Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30

We are delighted to announce that POF Associate, Alexis Keating, has been shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 in the Intellectual Property category. The Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 recognises and rewards the young rising stars within the legal industry aged 30 and under, who excel in their chosen …
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World IP Day 2021 – IP & SMEs: Taking your ideas to market

26 April marks another World IP Day, and this year’s campaign focusses on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), highlighting their role in the economy and how they use intellectual property rights to build better businesses. SMEs form a large part of the Australian economy. Australia has over 2 million SMEs, accounting for 99.8% of all …
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POF ranked Tier 1 for Trade Mark Prosecution in MIP IP Stars 2021

We are delighted to announce that POF has achieved a Tier 1 ranking for Trade Mark Prosecution in the 2021 Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) IP Stars awards. POF Principals Michael O’Donnell and Russell Waters, have also been named IP Stars for their trade mark work. These rankings are a reflection of the calibre of work we do …
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COVID-19 ends for IP Australia

IP Australia’s generous Streamlined COVID-19 Extensions of Time regime is coming to an end on 31 March 2021. Details of the Streamlined COVID-19 Extensions of Time can be found here. Beyond that date, extensions of time will still be available, but only on a case-by-case basis for Applicants and Attorneys who continue to be impacted …
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Changes to Australian domain name rules will invalidate some existing domain name registrations

The  .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA), which administers rules for .au domain names, is changing the eligibility requirements for a domain name registrant having an Australian presence. These changes take effect from 12 April 2021, and may affect the validity of existing “.com.au” and “.net.au” domain name registrations. The .com.au and .net.au domain names are …
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What do an AI machine and a monkey have in common? DABUS challenges current legal principles on inventorship

It is believed that as early as the Paleolithic period, distinguished by the original development of stone tools over three million years ago, mankind has been inventing and improving. The concept of inventing has always been regarded as a creative mental activity carried out by a human being. Fast forward to the 21st century, with …
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