Running the ruler over Raising the Bar

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A five year review

On 15 April 2013, significant changes to Australia’s patent laws were introduced with the Raising the Bar Amendments to the Patents Act 1990.  This broad selection of changes included amendments to the support and disclosure requirements as well as tightened timelines in examination and opposition procedures.  Now that we are five years on from Raising the Bar (RTB), these changes have been making an impact in how patents are construed before the Patent Office and before the courts.

In this presentation, Adrian Crooks and Annabella Newton will review the consequences of these legislative changes and how much the bar has actually been raised, as well as discussing practical tips for navigating this brave, new(ish) post-RTB world.

The duration of the seminar will be approximately 1 hour.

About the presenters:

Adrian Crooks – Partner– Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick Lawyers
Adrian is the team leader of Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick Lawyers, and an IP lawyer who combines legal expertise with deep technological knowledge to advise Australian and international businesses in the resolution of commercial IP disputes.

Adrian represents clients in a range of patent infringement matters including major pharmaceutical litigation and engineering technologies. He also represents clients in other areas of IP litigation including registered design rights, trade marks and copyright.

Dr Annabella Newton – Associate – Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick 
Annabella is a registered patent and trade marks attorney specialising in the chemical sciences. She is particularly interested in the strategic role of IP in the commercialisation process.

Annabella works with a range of clients including global corporations, research organisations, SMEs and start-ups, assisting these clients by providing tailored IP advice aligned with their business objectives. She has experience handling large patent portfolios for multinational companies including prosecution, queries, assignments, licenses and amendments.


Wednesday 21 November 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


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