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Patent Attorney. Innovation. Science & Technology. Books. Music. Food. Wine.
Patent Attorney. Innovation. Science & Technology. Books. Music. Food. Wine.

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Australian Patent Office data shows that self-represented applicants achieve very poor outcomes compared with those that engage professional help.

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USPTO #patent trial judges have terminated proceedings in a dispute over inventorship of breakthrough #CRISPR gene editing technology.

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Analysis of examination outcomes indicates an unannounced change in practice by IP Australia relating to 'business methods', around November 2008.

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Nine #patent attorney firms now owned by just three publicly-listed holding companies provide 48% of patent services to #Australian clients.

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While Rod Culleton has been famously embroiled in Federal Court bankruptcy proceedings, and a High Court battle to save his Australian Senate seat, did you know that he is also a successful patent litigant?

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Novel rules for playing games, or for wagering on games, are commonly unpatentable. At the same time, however, they are apparently valuable enough to be worth going to court over.

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If there is anything we can learn from the world's leading patent recipients, it is that the romantic image of the 'lone inventor' is a myth. Collaboration is king, and the best indication of who will be a prolific inventor whether or not they work with other prolific inventors.

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It is important for professional advisers to keep abreast of developments in their fields of expertise. And a lawyer should know better than to lie about it!

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A decade of USPTO data shows 'software patents' alive and well, though business methods are on the ropes.

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The Australian Productivity Commission is concerned that a 'scintilla of invention' sets the patent threshold too low, but that is not the real problem with the existing law of inventive step.
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