Australia

Australian applicants plead for clarity on software patents

At IPBC Australasia in Melbourne, patent owners say more guidance from the patent office would be welcome after courts declined to clarify eligibility rules in a recent decision

Australian applicants plead for clarity on software patents
Four key IP implications from the rise of orphan drugs
29 Oct 2019

Four key IP implications from the rise of orphan drugs

The growing importance of rare disease treatments has strategic, commercial and potential political ramifications for life sciences IP

Australian patent reforms survive last-ditch Senate opposition
17 Oct 2019

Australian patent reforms survive last-ditch Senate opposition

A bid to retain the innovation patent system was defeated, but legislators agreed to a six-month extension of its phaseout and instructed the government to study SME patent issues

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6 May 2020

Navigating the therapeutics market in Australia: the role of intellectual property

Australia is a sophisticated market for therapeutics and a favourable country in which to patent. Despite many changes in law and practice in recent years, patenting is relatively low in cost and quick to grant. Read more

30 Mar 2020

Australia Patent Attorney Firm of the Year: FB Rice

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20 Sep 2019

Territory, not technology, is Alibaba’s biggest challenge

The Jack Ma era has come to an end at the Chinese giant, leaving his successor to leverage the company’s data and services to establish a strong presence in the APAC region Read more

17 Sep 2019

Australia’s harsh approach to software patents set to continue

Observers had hoped Friday’s decision in the Encompass case would clarify key patentability questions. But a Full Bench of the Federal Court of Australia did not take the opportunity to do so Read more

Designs

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2 Aug 2019

An IP revolution Down Under

Incorporations, public listings, acquisitions and mergers have transformed the once staid world of patent law practice in Australia and New Zealand Read more

10 Jun 2019

Rare Panasonic assertion targets Taiwanese laptop maker

Osaka-based firm seeks to fend off Toughbook rival with design rights, a field of IP that Japanese policymakers are seeking to boost with legislative IP reforms currently under consideration Read more

15 Feb 2019

Takeover wars intensify between listed IP firms in Australia

Aggressive move by the country’s largest public IP services group seems designed to thwart the merger of two smaller rivals. But further consolidation in the space still looks likely Read more

26 Oct 2018

Australian firms play smart with limited patent resources

At IPBC Australasia in Melbourne, in-house leaders discuss patent reform, doing more with less,  and using IP to attract investment. Read more

Finance

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2 Aug 2019

An IP revolution Down Under

Incorporations, public listings, acquisitions and mergers have transformed the once staid world of patent law practice in Australia and New Zealand Read more

15 Feb 2019

Takeover wars intensify between listed IP firms in Australia

Aggressive move by the country’s largest public IP services group seems designed to thwart the merger of two smaller rivals. But further consolidation in the space still looks likely Read more

26 Oct 2018

Australian firms play smart with limited patent resources

At IPBC Australasia in Melbourne, in-house leaders discuss patent reform, doing more with less,  and using IP to attract investment. Read more

4 May 2015

CSIRO takes a leaf from the Silicon Valley VC book to maximise value of publicly funded IP assets

In the face of extensive cuts to its funding and personnel, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Institute (CSIRO) – Australia’s state-funded R&D agency – is turning to the venture capital industry for inspiration in the hope that it…

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30 Nov 2017

Asian IP threats and opportunities high on the agenda for corporate Australia and New Zealand

Corporates from Australia and New Zealand ignore IP issues in Asia’s developing countries at their peril, delegates to IPBC Australasia heard today. Speakers from both local and international companies made clear that it hardly matters whether… Read more

17 Oct 2017

AIPPI report - Patents and populism; Unwired Planet lessons for US; why trial lawyers struggle at PTAB

The populist wave gaining traction in many parts of the world is undoubtedly filtering through to IP policies. The United Kingdom’s Brexit vote last year, for example, threw the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court projects into question, while… Read more

8 Dec 2015

Vringo's $21.5 million global settlement with ZTE reflects the IP market's new realities

US PIPCO Vringo announced late yesterday that its Vringo Infrastructure subsidiary had reached a litigation settlement and licence agreement with Chinese telecoms major ZTE, bringing to an end a sprawling, multi-jurisdictional and at times…

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9 Sep 2019

Looming Australian IP reforms are a concern for life sciences innovators

Worries about patent eligible subject matter, compulsory licensing and the abolition of innovation patents have been expressed as the country moves closer to re-jigging the system Read more

30 Aug 2019

A profession transformed

How Australian IP firms have re-vamped their business models in the face of economic conditions and regulatory reforms, and what this means for practitioners and clients Read more

26 Jul 2019

Australian diagnostic method judgment shows US to be the eligibility outlier

Federal court’s detailed decision emphatically upholds patentability and emphasises, once again, that the Mayo regime is the exception not the rule Read more

10 Jun 2019

Rare Panasonic assertion targets Taiwanese laptop maker

Osaka-based firm seeks to fend off Toughbook rival with design rights, a field of IP that Japanese policymakers are seeking to boost with legislative IP reforms currently under consideration Read more

Litigation

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2 Aug 2019

An IP revolution Down Under

Incorporations, public listings, acquisitions and mergers have transformed the once staid world of patent law practice in Australia and New Zealand Read more

26 Jul 2019

Australian diagnostic method judgment shows US to be the eligibility outlier

Federal court’s detailed decision emphatically upholds patentability and emphasises, once again, that the Mayo regime is the exception not the rule Read more

10 Jun 2019

Rare Panasonic assertion targets Taiwanese laptop maker

Osaka-based firm seeks to fend off Toughbook rival with design rights, a field of IP that Japanese policymakers are seeking to boost with legislative IP reforms currently under consideration Read more

6 May 2019

Rio Tinto takes aim at aluminium rival in IP spat after US tariff exclusion reveals possible infringement

The metals and mining giant accuses US rival, which has prospered under President Trump’s import tariffs, of infringing two patents Read more

Market Developments

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9 Sep 2019

Looming Australian IP reforms are a concern for life sciences innovators

Worries about patent eligible subject matter, compulsory licensing and the abolition of innovation patents have been expressed as the country moves closer to re-jigging the system Read more

2 Aug 2019

An IP revolution Down Under

Incorporations, public listings, acquisitions and mergers have transformed the once staid world of patent law practice in Australia and New Zealand Read more

10 Jun 2019

Rare Panasonic assertion targets Taiwanese laptop maker

Osaka-based firm seeks to fend off Toughbook rival with design rights, a field of IP that Japanese policymakers are seeking to boost with legislative IP reforms currently under consideration Read more

15 Feb 2019

Takeover wars intensify between listed IP firms in Australia

Aggressive move by the country’s largest public IP services group seems designed to thwart the merger of two smaller rivals. But further consolidation in the space still looks likely Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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10 Jun 2019

Rare Panasonic assertion targets Taiwanese laptop maker

Osaka-based firm seeks to fend off Toughbook rival with design rights, a field of IP that Japanese policymakers are seeking to boost with legislative IP reforms currently under consideration Read more

29 Jan 2016

In a field of flops, this IP stock gained over 150% in value last year

Considering the evidence, last year was a particularly disappointing one overall for publicly traded IP-centric companies and their investors. The PIPX – an index of patent monetisation company stocks compiled by former Freescale Semiconductor…

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8 Dec 2015

Vringo's $21.5 million global settlement with ZTE reflects the IP market's new realities

US PIPCO Vringo announced late yesterday that its Vringo Infrastructure subsidiary had reached a litigation settlement and licence agreement with Chinese telecoms major ZTE, bringing to an end a sprawling, multi-jurisdictional and at times…

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4 May 2015

CSIRO takes a leaf from the Silicon Valley VC book to maximise value of publicly funded IP assets

In the face of extensive cuts to its funding and personnel, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Institute (CSIRO) – Australia’s state-funded R&D agency – is turning to the venture capital industry for inspiration in the hope that it…

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Patents Law

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9 Sep 2019

Looming Australian IP reforms are a concern for life sciences innovators

Worries about patent eligible subject matter, compulsory licensing and the abolition of innovation patents have been expressed as the country moves closer to re-jigging the system Read more

30 Aug 2019

A profession transformed

How Australian IP firms have re-vamped their business models in the face of economic conditions and regulatory reforms, and what this means for practitioners and clients Read more

2 Aug 2019

An IP revolution Down Under

Incorporations, public listings, acquisitions and mergers have transformed the once staid world of patent law practice in Australia and New Zealand Read more

26 Jul 2019

Australian diagnostic method judgment shows US to be the eligibility outlier

Federal court’s detailed decision emphatically upholds patentability and emphasises, once again, that the Mayo regime is the exception not the rule Read more

Strategy

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2 Aug 2019

An IP revolution Down Under

Incorporations, public listings, acquisitions and mergers have transformed the once staid world of patent law practice in Australia and New Zealand Read more

10 Jun 2019

Rare Panasonic assertion targets Taiwanese laptop maker

Osaka-based firm seeks to fend off Toughbook rival with design rights, a field of IP that Japanese policymakers are seeking to boost with legislative IP reforms currently under consideration Read more

30 Nov 2017

Asian IP threats and opportunities high on the agenda for corporate Australia and New Zealand

Corporates from Australia and New Zealand ignore IP issues in Asia’s developing countries at their peril, delegates to IPBC Australasia heard today. Speakers from both local and international companies made clear that it hardly matters whether… Read more

10 Nov 2017

After $400 million wireless litigation finally ends, CSIRO returns to US courts in food tech dispute with BASF

In the patent world, at least when it comes to litigation, Australia’s largest public sector research body is best known for a yearslong effort to enforce a foundational wireless local access network (WLAN) patent that netted well over $400 million… Read more

Technology Licensing

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26 Oct 2018

Australian firms play smart with limited patent resources

At IPBC Australasia in Melbourne, in-house leaders discuss patent reform, doing more with less,  and using IP to attract investment. Read more

8 Dec 2015

Vringo's $21.5 million global settlement with ZTE reflects the IP market's new realities

US PIPCO Vringo announced late yesterday that its Vringo Infrastructure subsidiary had reached a litigation settlement and licence agreement with Chinese telecoms major ZTE, bringing to an end a sprawling, multi-jurisdictional and at times…

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4 May 2015

CSIRO takes a leaf from the Silicon Valley VC book to maximise value of publicly funded IP assets

In the face of extensive cuts to its funding and personnel, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Institute (CSIRO) – Australia’s state-funded R&D agency – is turning to the venture capital industry for inspiration in the hope that it…

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Trade Secrets

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2 Aug 2019

An IP revolution Down Under

Incorporations, public listings, acquisitions and mergers have transformed the once staid world of patent law practice in Australia and New Zealand Read more

26 Oct 2018

Australian firms play smart with limited patent resources

At IPBC Australasia in Melbourne, in-house leaders discuss patent reform, doing more with less,  and using IP to attract investment. Read more

8 Dec 2015

Vringo's $21.5 million global settlement with ZTE reflects the IP market's new realities

US PIPCO Vringo announced late yesterday that its Vringo Infrastructure subsidiary had reached a litigation settlement and licence agreement with Chinese telecoms major ZTE, bringing to an end a sprawling, multi-jurisdictional and at times…

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Valuation

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13 Oct 2017

Australia’s listed companies neglect intellectual assets at their peril, claims new report

Next month, the IAM team will be returning to Melbourne for another edition of IPBC Australasia. The speaking faculty we have lined up includes a wide range of companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), including Treasury Wine Estates,… Read more

11 Nov 2016

Co-opetition, commercialisation and much more discussed at the first-ever IPBC Down Under

The IPBC brand came to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time yesterday. Hosted by IAM at the Sofitel in Melbourne, IPBC Australasia attracted around 200 delegates and speakers from Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the world. Reflecting…

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20 Oct 2015

A possible silver lining for Australia's biotech innovators after bombshell Myriad decision

IP owners everywhere are well aware that a ruling on patent eligibility from a country’s highest court can turn a market on its head overnight. As IAM has detailed in the past, the extent to which an IP office offers well-defined guidance on those…

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3 Jul 2015

New report seeks to accelerate the development of generally accepted IP valuation principles

If IP is ever to be the asset class that many believe it should be, finding a transparent, coherent, widely accepted way to value IP holdings is absolutely crucial. Over the years, there have been a number of attempts to develop generally agreed…

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