Design protection: A powerful complement to patent protection

Design protection: A powerful complement to patent rights Key points The visual appearance of a physical product can be protected via a registered design right. Securing strong design rights can be very simple and cost-effective. Keep your product confidential until you have applied for design protection. When appearance is everything Registered designs are a powerful […]

Grace period limits: Inventor’s own disclosures kill two patents

Grace period limits: Inventor’s own disclosures kill two patents Fuchs Lubricants (Australasia) Pty Ltd v Quaker Chemical (Australasia) Pty Ltd [2021] FCAFC 65 Need to know An invention should be confidential at the time of filing the first patent application. “Grace periods” can protect a patent from being invalidated by earlier public disclosures of the […]

The most costly yet avoidable patent pitfall

Every day we see the commercial value that patent rights bring to Australian businesses. However, we are pained by the poor utilisation of patents, and this usually stems from a misunderstanding of how patents fit within the much larger picture of an overall commercialisation strategy.

Optimise your patent protection strategy with searching

Every day we see the commercial value that patent rights bring to Australian businesses. However, we are pained by the poor utilisation of patents, and this usually stems from a misunderstanding of how patents fit within the much larger picture of an overall commercialisation strategy.

4 reasons not to file a patent

Every day we see the commercial value that patent rights bring to Australian businesses. However, we are pained by the poor utilisation of patents, and this usually stems from a misunderstanding of how patents fit within the much larger picture of an overall commercialisation strategy.

What is an international PCT patent application?

There are many hurdles, commercial decisions and costs associated with applying for and maintaining granted patents. In this post, we take a look at typical costs and how these can vary based on your invention and protection strategy.

How much does a patent cost?

Patent protection is not for the faint-hearted and there are substantial costs involved. In this post, we look at typical costs and how they vary based on your invention and protection strategy.

Inside the Federal Government’s Patent Box

Inside the Federal Government’s Patent Box Key points The 2021-22 Federal Budget introduces a ‘Patent Box’ to reduce corporate tax (to 17%) on income derived from certain Australian patents. The Patent Box tax incentive seeks to stimulate Australian R&D and the commercialisation of technological innovations. The specific details of the Patent Box will be ironed […]

What does a patent attorney do?

A patent attorney’s duties are wide and varied, but a key and specialised service they provide is the careful drafting and amending of patent specifications.

Do I need a patent attorney?

To quote from IP Australia: “The patent process from application to grant can often be an uncertain and daunting journey. For first time applicants engaging an attorney can greatly increase the chances of success.”