Posts Tagged: Australia


How to Trademark Hashtags in Australia

A hashtag is a useful way to promote your brand on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. When the name of a brand, a …
By Jacqui Pryor
2 months ago 1

World Intellectual Property Indicators 2017: Design Patent Highlights

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published its annual World Intellectual Property Indicators. For the second consecutive year, the number of design applications filed worldwide continued …
By Tracy-Gene Durkin
1 year ago 0

Feeling Conflicted: Australian Patent Attorney Firms Under Scrutiny

As previously reported on this blog, in the last two years several large Australian patent attorney firms (having a combined market share of close to 70% in Australia) …

President-Elect Trump Says the TPP is Dead, but What Now for IP?

President-Elect Donald Trump has announced that he will withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement on his first day in office. So ends more …
By Sirena Rubinoff
3 years ago 1

Will Australia’s Listed Firms Save the IP Profession from Stagnation?

My fellow Australian patent attorney Andy Mukherji recently asked the question on this site: Are Australia’s listed IP firms doomed to fail? Doubtless the hyperbole was …
By Mark Summerfield
3 years ago 2

Are Australia’s listed IP firms doomed to fail?

Over the last two years, the Australian patent and trade mark attorney profession has seen a number of significant changes. The 2013 amendments to the Patents Act 1990, meant …
By Andy Mukherji
3 years ago 0

Hop on the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) via Australia

IP Australia actually has built into its quota system a driver for completing prosecution of open cases before taking up new cases. Therefore, there is a rule …
By Paula Chavez
3 years ago 3

Protection of Official Names of States and Prevention of their Registration and Use as Trademarks

Protection of the official names of States and prevention of their registration and use as trademarks have been the focus of attention of the Standing Committee on …
By Olga Kreshchenko
3 years ago 0

World Intellectual Property Indicators 2015: Design Patent Highlights

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published its annual World Intellectual Property Indicators. The 2015 report dissects the macro trends associated with filing activity and registrations for 2014 …
By Tracy-Gene Durkin
3 years ago 0

Australia Releases Guidelines on Patentability of Genetic Material – Now That’s How It’s Done

The Australian Patent Office yesterday released its new guidelines in response to Australia’s High Court decision on the patentability of genetic material. The good news for …
By Sue D. Nym
4 years ago 1

Patentability of Business Methods and Software In Australia – Full Federal Court Decides Much Anticipated Research Affiliates Case

The Australian Full Federal Court recently handed down its decision in Research Affiliates LLC v Commissioner of Patents. The decision is an important addition to Australian case …
By Ernest Graff
5 years ago 6

Obvious Inventions Patentable: The Australian Innovation Patent

Essentially, innovation patents are 8 year short form patents available in Australia as an alternative, or in parallel with standard, or utility, patents. An innovation patent can be …
By Ian Lindsay
5 years ago 0

McDonald’s Australian Rebrand: “Macca’s”, a Local Slang Name

But this article is less concerned with actual imperialism, and more with cultural imperialism –particularly the “invasion” of this country by that once all-American, but now global, …
By Mark Summerfield
7 years ago 1

Google Settles Copyright Dispute with Belgian Newspaper

This case started back in 2006, when the newspaper publishers took Google to court, stating that the popular search engine was infringing on their copyright. They had been …
By Corinne Kerston
7 years ago 0

Apple’s ‘Innovative’ Australian Patent Strategy

As readers will no doubt be aware, Australia is one of the jurisdictions in which Apple is currently pursuing litigation against its Android-based smartphone and tablet competitors. …
By Mark Summerfield
7 years ago 10