Tag: IP Management

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Intellectual Property in Defence

As with any industry sector, intellectual property (IP) issues have the potential to impact significantly on all stakeholders operating in the defence space.

How updates to the Designs Act may help with prior disclosure.

A design application is used to protect the overall appearance of a product including shape, configuration, pattern or ornamentation. A design registration protects the visual appearance of a product, but not its underlying function.

Grace period – The much-loved novelty safety net

In a perfect world, an inventor would have the time and the money to ensure that an invention is sufficiently developed and refined with a marketing strategy and future revenue streams in place before a provisional patent application is filed and the invention disclosed to the public.

A design-centric approach – a new way of thinking about patent drafting

Patent attorneys typically receive information about an invention after the invention has been made. This information is then used to prepare a patent specification in conjunction with further dialogue between the patent attorney and the client to ensure the invention is fully understood and described.

The murky world of inventorship and why it matters

At the heart of any invention is an inventor or a group of inventors. In the midst and excitement of a new invention, the last thing people tend to think about is ‘inventorship’.

Innovation patent abolishment – what it means for you

Following legislation changes, on Thursday 27 February 2020, IP Australia announced that it will no longer accept new innovation patent applications from 26 August 2021. The death of the innovation has been a protracted affair, so this decision by IP Australia was not unexpected.

Measuring innovation – Time to look beyond patent filings?

Patents are filed for a number of reasons, whether it be offensive or defensive. But, at some point, there should have been a commercial decision to file a patent to protect an invention that has resulted from research and development (R&D).