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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 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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As the CRISPR/Cas9 US patent interference proceedings move forward, so do immensely valuable commercialisation vehicles. The stakes may be too high for either side to consider a settlement.
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An overview of strategies for obtaining patents on an invention in both Australia and the United States of America.
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New Australian Patent Office guidelines on computer-implemented inventions do little to clarify what is, and is not, patent-eligible.
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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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The Australian Government's Productivity Commission has released its draft report on Australia's IP system. Here is what it has to say about patents.
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An opponent in Australian patent opposition proceedings recently found itself barred from appealing the allowance of claims after amendment by the applicant.
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Non-practising entity (NPE) Upaid Systems, which some regard as a 'patent troll', has suffered a further setback in its infringement case against Australian telco Telstra. This time it may be fatal.
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In Australia, submissions made during examination of a patent application are irrelevant in subsequent proceedings. But this does not mean that applicants can say whatever they please!
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