Papua New Guinea COVID-19 Update

On 22 March 2020 the Papua New Guinea government declared a state of emergency due to the spread of COVID-19. Effective as of 24 March 2020, the Intellectual Property Office of Papua New Guinea will be physically shut for an initial period of 14 days. However, the Office will remain open in a digital capacity, …
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POF welcomes new Senior Associate, Dr Danielle Burns

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick extends a warm welcome to our newest Senior Associate, Danielle Burns, who has recently joined the Chemistry and Life Sciences team in our Melbourne office. Danielle has extensive experience as a scientist and as a patent attorney with expertise in patent strategy, protection and enforcement in the Biotech sector.  She has a …
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Business as Usual – IP Australia and Intellectual Property Offices of New Zealand COVID-19 Operations

IP Australia and Intellectual Property Offices of New Zealand (IPONZ) are currently advising that their services are operating as usual.  Both IP Offices have also advised that an extension of time is available under the normal extension provisions of the various IP Acts and regulations in Australia and New Zealand.  These extension of time requests …
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POF ranked Tier 1 for Trade Mark Prosecution in MIP IP Stars 2020

We’re delighted to announce that POF has achieved a Tier 1 ranking for Trade Mark Prosecution in the 2020 Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) IP Stars awards. This is the seventh consecutive year that we’ve achieved a tier 1 ranking.  This reflects the calibre and dedication of our trade mark attorneys to deliver excellent results, and …
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Innovation Patent Kill Bill Enacted 26 February 2020

Further to our blog post in October 2019 on the future of the innovation patent, the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) (“Part 2 Bill”) received royal assent on 26 February 2020 passing the bill into Australian law.  The provisions of this new act will prevent new innovation applications …
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POF ranked as leading firm in WTR 1000 2020

We are pleased to announce that POF has once again been recognised as a leading firm for Prosecution and Strategy, and Enforcement and Litigation in the World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 for 2020. The WTR is a globally renowned guide that shines a spotlight on firms and individuals that are deemed outstanding in trade mark …
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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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