IP Australia extends COVID-19 extensions of time to 31 October 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 October 2020. IP Australia are also allowing a further streamlined COVID-19 extension even if you have previously received an extension.   By way of reminder, extension of time is available …
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Manner of Manufacture: Coarse patent filter becomes quite the grind

IP Australia have recently revised their Manual of Practice and Procedure (known as the Patent Examiners Manual) relating to Manner of Manufacture.  The revisions specifically relate to  Manner of Manufacture as it applies to computer related inventions. These revisions were made in light of the recent Rokt and Aristocrat judgments, although as at the time of writing both of …
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IP Australia to allow multiple streamlined COVID-19 extensions of time

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 September 2020. In a new development, IP Australia are also allowing a further streamlined COVID-19 extension even if you have previously received an extension.  Until this announcement, only …
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IP Australia fee hike

IP Australia is changing some of their fees to ensure that they continue to recover costs from administering intellectual property rights and their associated legislation. Most of the changes to the fees will commence from 12am AEDT, 1 October 2020. A list of the fee changes can be viewed here. Of interest to patent applicants, …
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POF recognised as a leading Trade Mark Prosecution firm

We are very pleased to announce that we’ve been recognised as a leading Trade Mark Prosecution firm by Asia IP in their 2020 Trade Mark Survey. This achievement is a great reflection of the dedication and hard work of our Trade Mark attorneys. Asia IP determines their rankings via thousands of corporate counsels worldwide, who …
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Iron Chef defeated in trade mark cook-off

In a recent Australian Trade Mark Office decision, Fuji Television Network Inc, owner of the television show IRON CHEF, has failed in its bid to prevent the registration of IRON CHEF in respect of online food deliveries by Iron Chef Pizza Pty Ltd. Iron Chef is a Japanese themed cook-off television show with a cult following.  The …
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Flawed mental function saves the day in patent opposition

In a recent Australian Patent Office decision[1], an extension of time to file a complete Australian patent application was allowed despite a third party opposition.  The delegate of the Commissioner of Patents accepted that flawed mental function by the applicant in misunderstanding advice provided by their patent attorney was the cause of missing the deadline.   Extensions …
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