Spotlight On: Most exciting invention protected

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With World IP Day being celebrated last week, we asked POF client CSIRO, and two IP firms in the US and UK, what was the most exciting invention they have protected. Here is what they had to say:


“A 3D printing machine which used ultrasound images of an unborn baby’s heart to create a model of the faulty heart chambers which enabled surgeons to prepare for surgery on delivery of the baby. Medical science at its best.” – Rosalyn Newsome, Barker Brettell

“The HPV vaccine. We represented Australian company CSL Limited and obtained the patents by Ian Frazer and Jian Zhou (originally for the University of Queensland), and then prevailed in a three-way U.S. patent interference proceeding after an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The vaccine was approved during the late stages of the interference proceeding, but because the patents were not public, we could not tell our families that we working on the patents for the breakthrough vaccine that was making front page news! This work embodied what I love about practicing IP law – applying legal requirements and strategy to technological breakthroughs, and working with preeminent scientific experts.” – Courtenay Brinckerhoff, Foley & Lardner LLP

“One technology that I am currently involved in is quite exciting; it is a technology that enables vaccines to be grown in eggs more efficiently. Flu vaccines in particular are a challenge, and are grown in chicken eggs, but a new vaccine needs to be brewed every year. I am quite excited about the potential of this technology, as making a more effective flu vaccine will have a large impact on human health.” – Kerry Fluhr, CSIRO