Brazil joins Madrid System

Brazil has become the latest member of the Madrid System. From 2 October this year, Australian trade mark owners will be able to seek protection in Brazil when filing an application for international registration using the Madrid System. The Madrid System enables trade mark owners to file a single international trade mark application to seek …
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AU-EP Patent Prosecution Highway Extended

Following a successful three-year trial, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Australian Patent Office (IP Australia) have agreed to extend the bilateral Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program between them for a further three years. This bilateral PPH pilot program enables applicants with either an accepted (or granted) patent application in Europe or Australia, …
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Congratulations to our new Partner, Special Counsel and Senior Associates

We are delighted to announce four new appointments effective from 1 July, 2019. Managing Partner Ross McFarlane says: “The lifeblood of our business is our outstanding people. On behalf of my fellow partners, I am delighted to celebrate Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick’s continued success through the elevation of these highly talented attorneys/lawyers.” Anita Brown – Partner …
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Getting the most out of your IP: Questions from start-ups

POF recently co-hosted the Springboard Enterprises Life Sciences Bootcamp and participated in a roundtable to address IP-related concerns from founders seeking to expand and globalise their enterprises. Some of the common questions that arose during this event related to optimising and prioritising investment in IP, Freedom to Operate and prior art searching. Optimisation and Prioritisation …
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First Flex of revised Copyright Act “whack-a-mole” provisions

Since 2015, copyright holders have been able to seek injunctions against Internet Service Providers requiring them to block their customers from accessing sites which contain infringing content by way of Section 115A of Australia’s Copyright Act 1968.  These provisions, equivalents of which exist in a number of other jurisdictions, have been colloquially known as “whack-a-mole” …
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