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Beware! Transitional terms commonly used in patent claims, such as 'comprises', may be interpreted differently in Australia than in other jurisdictions, such as the US and Europe.
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Australians are by far the biggest participants in the Australian patent opposition system, with US residents a distant second. At the other end of the spectrum, despite filing many applications, the Japanese hardly ever oppose or get opposed.
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IP Australia has published four consultation papers, and is seeking input on proposed changes to Australian patent laws.
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A new draft Code of Conduct for patent and trade marks attorneys, containing some potentially contentious provisions, has been published by the Australia/NZ regulatory authority.
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Australian Government response to Productivity Commission includes abolishing innovation patents, and raising inventive step requirements for standard patents.
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An Australian appeals court has ruled that extensions of patent term are not available for additional medical uses of substances produced by recombinant DNA technology
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Yet another costly failed attempt to obtain an award of damages for unjustified threats of patent infringement shows the need for reform of Australian laws.
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The USPTO may be driving average patent pendency down, but there remain many fields of technology in which applicants are seeing little benefit.
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Patent filings in Australia were roughly static in 2016. This lack of growth presents challenges for competing IP service providers.
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The Canadian Supreme Court has declared the so-called 'Promise Doctrine' of patent law 'unsound'. Yet a form of it still exists in Australia.
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