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Mark Summerfield
Works at Watermark - Intellectual Asset Management
Attended University of Melbourne
Lives in Melbourne, Australia
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The Australian Productivity Commission has commenced a 12 month public enquiry into the intellectual property system, but will soon find that, when it comes to patents, scope for reform is severely restricted by existing international obligations.
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Patent-administration authority IP Australia really seems to dislike the innovation patent! Once again, the second-tier right is up for the chop, unless supportive stakeholders speak up.
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Justice Nicholas, who is one of three judges presiding over two appeals relating to patent-eligibility of computer-implemented inventions, has effortlessly decided that methods of awarding prizes in gaming machines are patentable. I find this surprising, and possibly inconsistent!
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So-called 'Swiss-Type' claims are used to protect second and subsequent medical uses of known compounds. Recent decisions in Australia and the UK highlight the legal fiction on which they are founded.
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The Australian High Court has heard oral arguments in the Myriad BRCA gene patent case. Among other things, the Court will need to decide whether Myriad has claimed a molecule, or the information it possesses.
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The Vinnies CEO Sleepout - raising funds to help the homeless - is happening on 18 June 2015. It only takes a moment to make a difference, and every little bit helps.
The Vinnies CEO Sleepout - raising funds to help the homeless - is happening on 18 June 2015. It only takes a moment to make a difference, and every little bit helps.
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The Australian innovation patent has been criticised as failing to meet its key objective of encouraging innovation by SMEs. Here are my suggestions to fix it!
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'Sir Walter' is a variety of grass developed around 1995, and protected by Plant Breeder's Rights registration. As a variety name, however, 'Sir Walter' cannot also act as a trade mark.
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A battle is brewing in the US over fundamental patent rights on 'the biggest biotech discovery of the century' - a gene-editing technology known as CRISPR.
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Pharmaceutical substances and medical treatments receive certain kinds of ‘special treatment’ uder the patent laws. This article explains why, and how this treatment operates in different circumstances.
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A report produced by IP Australia’s Office of the Chief Economist has led to a Government advisory committee calling for abolition of the innovation patent system.
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The Australian High Court will hear the Myriad BRCA 'gene patent' case on 16 June 2015. In the meantime, Australian taxpayers are footing the bill for the Government to oppose intervention by the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA).
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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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