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IP Australia Releases 2024 Intellectual Property Report: Key Insights and Trends

IP Australia has unveiled the twelfth edition of the Australian Intellectual Property Report 2024 (the Report), which highlights significant movements in intellectual property (IP) statistics and examines the intricate links between innovation, collaboration, and commercialization. This comprehensive report not only presents the latest IP statistics but also delves into new research areas, including the relationship between patenting and organizational partnerships, and a comparative evaluation of patent scopes across Australia, the EU, and the US. Key Findings and Trends in IP [...]

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Australia updates new Madrid Goods and Services list for trademark applications

On March 28, 2024, IP Australia transitioned to using the Madrid Goods and Services list (Madrid List), replacing the former Trade Marks Goods and Services list. This change introduces more comprehensive goods and services descriptions, offering trademark applicants a broader range of options, especially beneficial for those filing TM Headstart applications. Previously, IP Australia’s picklist was relatively limited, making this an advantageous update. TM Headstart, IP Australia’s pre-application service, assists first-time trademark applicants by reviewing their applications before formal submission [...]

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The procedure of trademark renewal in Australia

In Australia, a trademark registration may be renewed every ten years. There are charges that must be paid. Trademark registration may be renewed an unlimited number of times. Anyone can pay for the renewal.  As you use your trademark over time, you may want to lower the number of classes you originally registered as your business or product line evolves. If you want to remove classes of goods and/or services from your registration, you must do so at least three [...]

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Unregistering rights can only get you so far in Australia

In Australia, brands may obtain registrations for aspects of packaging, such as colour schemes and design elements. Brand owners can still protect their rights even without registration. However, unregistering rights can only get you so far in Australia as there will be many obstacles that brand owners may find it difficult to pass through when a conflict occurs. This statement can be made clear through the Brick Lane Brewing Co Pty Ltd v Torquay Beverage Company Pty Ltd in Australia. This is a [...]

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New status on the fight to recognize AI as an inventor

On top of the news that an AI has been appointed to protect the rights of its client in a legal battle, the fight to recognize an AI to become an inventor in Australia has got new updates. For recollection, Dr. Stephen Thaler is one of the world’s most brilliant scientists on many subjects. However, people in the IP field don’t know him because of his Ph.D. or talented, they know him because of his constant efforts to recognize the [...]

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International conflict: Cochlear implant systems patent case between the United States and Australia

An Australian biotech company Cochlear and the University of Pittsburgh have gone to battle it out in an American court over patent infringement. The University of Pittsburgh is a public state-related research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The university is composed of 17 undergraduate and graduate schools and colleges at its urban Pittsburgh campus, home to the university’s central administration and around 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Cochlear is a medical device company that designs, manufactures, and supplies the Nucleus cochlear implant, [...]

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Australia photo battle of a federal member of parliament

Recently, South Australian independent Federal MP Rebekha Sharkie threatened the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) with legal action after the distribution of flyers featuring her driving a wrecking ball through religious schools. The Australian Christian Lobby has used the MP’s face in the flyer. Even if the flyer carries good intentions, it will also likely be brought to court as it is used for commercial purposes and the rights owners of the photo have every right to file a lawsuit.  For this [...]

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AI can’t be named an inventor in Australia

According to a decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia in April 2022, AI can’t be named an inventor in Australia. The debate over the naming of an AI as an inventor in Australia alone and in the entire world, in general, has been going on for quite some time.  More specifically, the heated discussion was brought by Dr. Thaler over his super AI, DABUS – an “artificial neural system” known as the “device for the autonomous bootstrapping [...]

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The future of digitalized IP Office worldwide

What if there is a day that the physical IP offices will only be memories? At that point, all businesses will be conducted online through a modern, digitalized IP Office. The applicants and their representatives won’t have to waste time traveling back and forward to fill out the administrative papers, reducing a huge amount of time and money wasted. Although the picture is perfect but will the future of digitalized IP Office worldwide be made possible? The world is changing [...]

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Conflicts in Prosecco wine GI registration between Singapore and Australia

Wine has always been a delicious but sometimes bitter problem worldwide, particularly revolving around geographical indication. Recently, another conflict has arisen in Prosecco wine GI registration between Singapore and Australia. Prosecco Prosecco is an Italian DOC or DOCG white wine produced in a large area spanning nine provinces in the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions, … While many have mistaken Prosecco to be a type of champaign, it is actually a sparkling wine mostly made in the Veneto region, Italy. Prosecco wines [...]

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