Congratulations to our new Principals

We are pleased to announce that Dr Mary Munroe and Matthew Ford have been appointed as new Principals, effective from 1 July 2020. POF Board Chair Greg Chambers says “Both Mary and Matt work from our Sydney office. Together they will present a strong leadership team for the growth of Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick in this …
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POF ranked Tier 1 for Patent Prosecution in MIP IP Stars 2020

We are delighted to announce that POF has achieved a Tier 1 ranking for Patent Prosecution in the 2020 Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) IP Stars awards. This is in addition to our Tier 1 ranking for Trade Mark Prosecution achieved earlier in the year. These rankings are a reflection of the calibre of work we …
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IP Australia extends streamlined COVID-19 extensions of time to 31 July 2020

As noted in our previous blog post, IP Australia introduced a new streamlined process for extension of time requests for Applicants impacted by COVID-19.  These arrangements have now been extended until at least 31 July 2020. By way of reminder, extension of time is available to extend most Patents, Trade Marks, and Designs deadlines for up to three months, and is: …
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Congratulations to our new Senior Associates and Associates

We are pleased to announce the promotion of eight of our attorneys to Senior Associate and Associate positions, effective from 1 July 2020. Managing Partner, Ross McFarlane says, “The lifeblood of our business is our outstanding people. These promotions are a significant professional development milestone that recognise technical expertise, demonstrable leadership, exceptional client service delivery, …
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Government Review of Intellectual Property accessibility for small and medium enterprises (SMEs)

The Federal Government has just announced the launch of a review into Australia’s patents system which aims to specifically examine the accessibility of Intellectual Property for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The accessibility review was mandated by the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Act 2020 which commenced earlier this year. In …
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Commissioner of Patents v Rokt Pte Ltd

The law relating to the patentability of computer-implemented inventions is beginning to look settled in Australia following Commissioner of Patents v Rokt Pte Ltd (Rokt)[1]. The Full Federal Court in Rokt has reversed a curious decision of the primary judge in favour of a digital advertising method being patentable subject matter. In upholding the Commissioner’s …
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IP Australia extends streamlined COVID-19 Extensions of Time to 30 June 2020

As noted in our previous blog post, IP Australia introduced a new streamlined process for extension of time requests for Applicants impacted by COVID-19.  These arrangements have now been extended until at least 30 June 2020. By way of reminder, extension of time is available to extend most Patents, Trade Marks, and Designs deadlines for up to three months, and is: …
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