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Mark Summerfield
Works at Watermark - Intellectual Asset Management
Attended University of Melbourne
Lives in Melbourne, Australia
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Two recent decisions of the Australian Patent Office confirm that extensions of term can be obtained for patents directed to processes for making pharmaceutical products using recombinant DNA technologies.
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A full bench of the Federal Court of Australia has heard an appeal brought by the Commissioner of Patents challenging the patentability of computer-implemented inventions.
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The Commonwealth of Australia wants pharmaceutical company Sanofi to pay $60 million dollars in damages after its patent covering blockbuster drug PLAVIX was found invalid. This is how much the Government claims it overpaid for subsidised drugs in the absence of generic competition.
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Many people believe that a provisional patent application can be filed quickly and cheaply, with nothing more than a rough description of an invention. While this is not true, there are still significant benefits to filing provisional applications, where the option is available.
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There is no such thing as a practical perpetual motion machine. However, this has not always stopped people from obtaining patents for alleged perpetual motion machines. Hopefully, in Australia at least, this will be much less likely in the future.
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A majority decision of an Australian appeals court has found that the workings of a product that was imported and placed on sale were not made available to the public for the purpose of anticipating a subsequent patent claim in circumstances where there was no evidence that any member of the public had actually inspected the product sufficiently closely.
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On the 13th and 14th of May 2015, the High Court of Australia heard oral arguments in an important patent case relating to the assessment of obviousness.
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The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) wants to appear before the High Court as a 'friend of the court' to argue that whether or not isolated genes are patentable is a Constitutional issue. I am not sure that I agree.
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While there is no such thing as a worldwide patent, there are various treaties and conventions that smooth the way for applicants seeking multinational patents. Here's how.
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So, you have filed a provisional patent application. Can you say 'patent pending'? Probably, but it may not be as simple a question as you might think.
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When it comes to patent claims, the same language can mean different things in different places. This can have a profound impact on the scope of a patent, and even whether it is valid or not. One example of language to watch out for is the 'means-plus-function' limitation.
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Vringo has won the right to have the Chinese parent company of ZTE (Australia) joined to its patent infringement proceedings. The decision also reveals further interesting details of the case.
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Patent and Trade Marks Attorney
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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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