Will Brexit Affect Your IP?

After long negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union, the UK has exited the EU as of 31 January 2020 and entered an 11-month transition period from 1 February  to 31 December 2020. During this period, the UK will continue to operate under the laws of the EU, including those in relation to …
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War on copycats within the fashion industry

Many businesses face the threat of copycats.  Therefore, it is essential to be proactive and protect your business as much as possible.  State of Escape, the business behind the popular perforated neoprene tote bags, has had its fair share of copycats.  In a Q&A below, with Anita Brown of Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick, their business’ co-founder, …
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Recognised POF practitioners in 2019 – MIP IP Stars Awards

We’re proud to announce that a number of POF attorneys have been named among this year’s IP Stars, the 250 Women in IP, and Rising Stars in the 2019 MIP IP Stars awards. This year, our Patent Stars were Managing Partner Ross McFarlane, along with Partners Saskia Jahn, Dr Edwin Patterson and Alyssa Telfer. Alyssa also managed …
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A question of form

On 17 May 2019, the Federal Court of Australia handed down a decision in Gram Engineering v Oxworks[1], finding that Oxworks had manufactured and sold a product that infringed the claims of Gram’s Australian Patent No. 2004291566. The Patent The Patent relates to fencing, and more specifically to fence elements – known as plinths – …
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New IPONZ Fee Schedule

The New Zealand Patent Office (IPONZ) has recently published a schedule of fees which will take effect as of 13 February 2020.   Amongst the wide-ranging increase in rates, some of the most significant relate to excess claim fees, renewal fees and requesting examination. Excess Claim Fees Unlike many other patent offices around the world, there …
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Innovation Patent one step closer to the guillotine

Further to our blog post in September on the future of the innovation patent, the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) (“Part 2 Bill”) passed the Australian Federal Senate on 16 October 2019.  The Australian patent system provides for the filing of “standard” and “innovation” patent applications.  Innovation …
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POF hosts second series of SBE Australia’s E3 Program

POF is proud to once again host SBE Australia’s E3 Program (Empower, Evolve, Escalate) at our Melbourne office from 11 October to 29 November 2019. The E3 Program is designed specifically for female entrepreneurs and leaders of technology or life science businesses, equipping them with the skills they require to grow a successful, sustainable and …
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