Region: Australia

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

15 February 2019

Is the tide turning against pharmaceutical patentees in Australia?

A pair of recent decisions from the Federal Court of Australia suggest that it may be about to become more difficult for drug patent owners to prevail in requests for interlocutory injunctions.

20 November 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.

26 October 2018

HP moves into life sciences, while microfluidics market sees a surge in patent filings and suits

A new analysis of the thriving synthetic biology patent landscape has revealed the top patent owners and dealmakers in this space, as well as those appearing most often in the courtroom. Among its key findings are that Hewlett Packard (HP) has…

03 July 2018

Australia’s second-tier innovation patent earns reprieve, but patent reform debate is just getting started

It looks like the Australian Government has set aside plans to abolish the country’s second-tier patent right – at least for now. The proposal to ditch so-called innovation patents had generated significant pushback from IP practitioners. IP…

29 March 2018

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…

30 November 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…

10 November 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…

17 October 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,…

13 October 2017

Australian government will push for inventive step reform and abolition of second-tier patents

Over the weekend, Australia’s government responded to a lengthy list of IP system reforms proposed last year by the country’s Productivity Commission, a top policy advisory body. Among other changes, the country’s second-tier “innovation patent”…

30 August 2017

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