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Mark Summerfield
Works at Watermark - Intellectual Asset Management
Attended University of Melbourne
Lives in Melbourne, Australia
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Patent and Trade Marks Attorney
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Intellectual Property (IP) and Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Specialist
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  • Watermark - Intellectual Asset Management
    Special Counsel, 2002 - present
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Melbourne, Australia
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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.
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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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A NZ parliamentary committee has rejected legislation that would enable filing of a single patent application to cover both Australia and New Zealand.
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'Omnibus claims' seek to cover all forms of an invention disclosed in a patent application. The Australian Federal Court has clarified what that means.
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The Tribunal responsible for disciplining Australian patent attorneys has found failing to keep clients informed constitutes 'unsatisfactory professional conduct'.
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Patents are required to claim 'useful' inventions. But the word 'useful' has taken on a whole new meaning in patent law!
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Updated USPTO guidance and a decision from a US appeals court give hope for patents in life sciences and software, but we are still a long way from clarity.
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A computer-implemented invention found unpatentable last December has reached the end of the line, with the High Court of Australia denying an application for leave to appeal the decision.
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An edited transcript of my appearance at the public hearings held by the Productivity Commission in their review of Australia's IP arrangements.
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Existing European patent holders and applicants can breathe easy, but Brexit will have an impact on the future Unitary Patent.
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US patent law explicitly provides for 'virtual marking', i.e. publishing patent details on the Internet and marking the product with the URL. Can this approach be used in Australia, also?
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A Senior Patent Counsel at Oracle has pointed the finger at patent attorneys over excessively broad claims. But the truth is that the 'blame' is shared, and it is not even the terrible practice he suggests.
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I talk to IP Australia's Chief Economist, Benjamin Mitra-Kahn, about the economics of IP, policy, and all that.
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The draft report of the Australian Productivity Commission inquiry into IP demonstrates the same ignorance about software that has blighted other reviews in Australia and elsewhere.
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