Experimental support for patents in the ‘unpredictable arts’

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What, when and how much?

The validity of patents in the ‘unpredictable arts’, such as chemistry, biotechnology and materials science, is assessed differently compared to those in more ‘predictable’ fields of technology. An unpredictable technical effect may underpin the necessary ‘inventiveness’ of a patent. Conversely, however, broad patent claims may be difficult to support if it cannot reasonably be expected that the invention ‘works’ across the full scope of what is claimed.

In this seminar, Ray Evans and Matthew Overett will discuss how patent applicants can improve their prospects of obtaining broad, yet robust, patent claims by providing appropriate experimental evidence during the patenting process.

The duration of the seminar will be approximately 1 hour.

About the presenters:

Ray Evans – Partner – Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick 
Ray is the firm’s Chemistry and Life Sciences team coordinator. He has drafting experience in pharmaceuticals, drug delivery, polymers, agrochemicals, nanotechnology, mining chemicals and cosmetics. He has also been involved in handling large oppositions, providing opinions on infringement and freedom to operate and supporting litigation for clients. He also specialises in advising clients on strategies for building a patent portfolio in Australia and internationally.

Dr Matthew Overett – Associate – Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick 
Matthew is a patent attorney specialising in the chemical sciences and related technology areas. He works with Australian and international clients to protect their inventions across a diverse range of technologies, including polymers, coatings and composites, electrochemical devices, catalysis, minerals processing, materials science, printing and oil and gas technologies.


Wednesday 31 October 2018

12:15pm for a 12:30pm start (Melbourne and Sydney)
11:45am for a 12:00pm start (Adelaide)


Melbourne office
Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
Level 16, 333 Collins Street

Sydney office
Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
Level 19, 133 Castlereagh Street

Adelaide office
Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
Level 5/75 Hindmarsh Square

RSVP to marketing@pof.com.au

A light lunch will be provided. Please advise of any dietary requirements.