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Mark Summerfield
Works at Watermark - Intellectual Asset Management
Attended University of Melbourne
Lives in Melbourne, Australia
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Pfizer has survived allegations by the Australian competition watchdog that its strategy for retaining market share when blockbuster drug LIPITOR went off-patent was anti-competitive.
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Whether or not to apply for patents is an important decision for any start-up. In this first of two articles, I look at some reasons why patents may not be the right option.
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The Australian version of 'reality' investment series Shark Tank has debuted. I watched and Tweeted along, and generally had a good time with it. But does it have what it takes to capture a wider audience in this country?
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A full bench of the Federal Court of Australia has confirmed that a prior art reference did not implicitly anticipate a patent claiming the antipsychotic drug aripiprazole, aka ABILIFY. So what is the law on inherent or implicit disclosures in Australia, and how does it compare with the US?
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A look ahead at 2015 in #patents: gene patents; software patents; NPEs and trolls; US patent reform; and more...
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The Australian Greens are trying to reintroduce changes to 'Crown Use' compulsory patent licensing provisions that have previously been rejected by the government.

The changes are opposed by some industry stakeholders, because their purpose is to simplify and ease access to the existing, rarely-invoked, compulsory licensing provisions.

While the Greens' efforts have so far failed in the House of Representatives, it is possible that a further attempt may be made in the Senate, where the government does not hold the balance of power.
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Whether or not to apply for patents is an important decision for any start-up. In the second of two articles, I look at the various ways in which patents can add value to a start-up venture, and contribute to success.
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Australia's top court has agreed to hear an appeal in a challenge to the patent-eligibility of claims directed to isolated human genes (BRCA1) in a patent co-owned by Myriad Genetics, Inc.
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The Australian patent law allows a person who is unjustifiably threatened with patent infringement proceedings to sue the party making the threat, and receive compensation for damage caused, which could be a useful weapon against so-called 'patent trolls'. The problem is that the law applies to everyone, not just those who would abuse patents for quick gain.
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A full bench of three judges of the Federal Court of Australia has ruled that the Australian Patents Act 1990 does not authorise the termination of a licence covering multiple patents in circumstances where some, but not all, of the patents have ceased to be in force.
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The 2014 patent year in review: gene patents; software & business methods; Apple v Samsung; trolls; law reform; and more!
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Disturbing things are reportedly afoot at the European Patent Organization. But is there really dysfunction and corruption at the top, or is the public bloodletting largely the result of a messy and increasingly vitriolic labour dispute?
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Patent and Trade Marks Attorney
Skills
Intellectual Property (IP) and Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Specialist
Employment
  • Watermark - Intellectual Asset Management
    Special Counsel, 2002 - present
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Melbourne, Australia
Previously
Berkhamsted, UK
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Patent Attorney. Innovation. Science & Technology. Books. Music. Food. Wine.
Introduction
I am the editor and primary author of the Patentology blog, and a registered Australian Patent Attorney, working in the profession since 2002.  Prior to this I worked with two different start-up ventures in the telecommunications space, one of which was developing innovative optical networking technologies, the other design automation software.

In an earlier life, I worked in various commercial and academic research environments.  My PhD was awarded in the field of optical fibre communications technology.

I have also myself been an inventor on a number of patent applications.
Bragging rights
Twice Named one of the world's top 300 IP Strategists in IAM Magazine's IP Strategy 300 (2013 & 2014).
Education
  • University of Melbourne
    Electrical Engineering, 1986 - 1989
    Bachelor of Engineering (Elec) (Hons)
  • University of Melbourne
    PhD - Optical Fibre Technology, 1992 - 1996
    Thesis title: Telecommunications Applications of Four-Wave Mixing in Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers
  • University of Melbourne
    Masters in IP Law, 2001 - 2004
    Intellectual Property, Patents, Trade Marks and Designs law and practice
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