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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POF nominated as a finalist across four categories of the 2021 Client Choice Awards

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve been selected as finalists across four categories of this year’s Financial Review Client Choice Awards, the most of any Australian IP firm: ‘Best Specialist IP & Related Services Firm’; ‘Best CX (Client Experience) Firm: Specialist IP & Related Services’; ‘Most Innovative Specialist IP & Related Services Firm’; and ‘Best IP …
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Update on IP Australia’s COVID-19 response

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 March 2021. IP Australia are also allowing a further streamlined COVID-19 extension even if you have previously received an extension. By …
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POF achieves a tier 1 rank for patent prosecution in IAM Patent 1000 2021

We are delighted to once again announce that POF has been recognised as a tier 1 patent prosecution firm in this year’s IAM Patent 1000, touted as “one of, if not the best patent attorney firm in Australia when it comes to maintaining decades-long, happy client relationships”. Following the extensive research process carried out by …
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Designs Amendment Bill 2020 – What you need to know

The Designs Amendment (Advisory Council On Intellectual Property Response) Bill 2020 was introduced into Parliament on Wednesday, 2 December 2020. In broad terms, the Bill is intended to provide greater flexibility for designers during the early stages of seeking design protection. It also seeks to clarify and simplify aspects of the designs system. Some noted key features …
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POF’s virtual trivia: a fun and festive event for charity

2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for so many Australians. For this reason, we decided to host a virtual client event for charity in place of our usual festive season celebrations. We invited our clients to attend a virtual trivia event, where the top three teams received prizes in the form of a financial amount to …
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POFL Associate Alexis Keating takes home the IPTA Trade Mark Prize 2020

We’re delighted to announce that Alexis Keating has won the IPTA Trade Mark Prize for 2020. Now in its second year, the prize is awarded to a candidate who has demonstrated excellence in the academic subjects leading to qualification as a trade marks attorney, and who has shown the potential to make substantial contributions to …
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IP Australia extends COVID-19 extensions of time to 31 January 2021

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 January 2021. 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 to …
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