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Patents & Trade Marks Publications

  • Focus: Patents, Designs and Trade Marks

    22 December 2004

    Welcome to Allens Arthur Robinson Patent & Trade Marks Attorneys' end-of-year round-up of news, notices and features on all patent, design and trade mark-related matters

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  • Focus: Trade Marks

    18 November 2004

    A recent case confirms that colours or colour combinations can be valid trade marks, although applications are more likely to succeed if they can be connected to a distinctive shape of goods. Trade Marks Attorney Kimberley Trainor reports

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  • Intellectual Property Bulletin

    6 October 2004

    Our intellectual property lawyers and patent and trade marks attorneys provide an update on the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement and its impact on Australian legislation regarding patents, therapeutic goods, copyright and geographical indications. We also review two recent trade mark cases.

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  • Focus: Patents, Designs and Trade Marks

    23 June 2004

    Welcome to Allens Arthur Robinson Patent & Trade Marks Attorneys' mid-year round-up of news, notices and features on all patent, design and trade mark-related matters

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  • Focus: Madrid Protocol

    19 April 2004

    Philip Macken, Partner of Allens Arthur Robinson Patent & Trade Marks Attorneys, outlines some recent developments in the Madrid Protocol and Community Trade Mark registration process that will make it easier and cheaper to obtain trade mark protection in international markets

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  • Focus: Free Trade Agreement

    6 April 2004

    Partner Richard Hamer and Law Clerk Tom Reid examine the potential changes the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement will have on the pharmaceutical industry

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  • Intellectual Property Bulletin

    25 March 2004

    Our intellectual property lawyers and patent and trade marks attorneys provide an update on how the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement will impact on intellectual property. We also review the latest cases and legislative developments affecting patents, designs, trade marks, domain names, copyright, and practice and procedure

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  • Focus: Patents, Designs and Trade Marks

    22 March 2004

    Welcome to Allens Arthur Robinson Patent & Trade Marks Attorneys' round-up of news, notices and features on all patent, design and trade mark-related matters.

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  • Focus: Free Trade Agreement

    13 February 2004

    The recently announced agreed text of the Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Australia has major implications for the sectors of the Australian economy and society that focus on intellectual property, telecommunications, media, entertainment and electronic commerce. Partner Paul Zawa and Senior Associates Raani Costelloe, John Dieckmann and Rachel Nemes report.

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  • Focus: Patents, Designs and Trade Marks

    17 December 2003

    Welcome to this end-of-year edition of our round-up of news, notices and features on all matters patent, design and trade mark-related

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  • Intellectual Property Bulletin

    2 September 2003

    Our intellectual property lawyers and patent and trade marks attorneys review the latest cases and legislative developments affecting patents, copyright, IP protection, trade marks, the Internet and designs

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  • Focus: Patents, Designs and Trade Marks

    28 August 2003

    AAR's occasional round-up of news, notices and features on all matters patent, design and trade mark-related

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  • Focus: Pharmaceutical law update

    19 August 2003

    Welcome to our pharmaceutical law update - this page gives you a summary of the latest significant amendments to the CommonwealthTherapeutic Goods Act 1989 and the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990

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  • Intellectual Property Bulletin

    3 April 2003

    Our intellectual property lawyers and patent and trade marks attorneys provide an update on the commencement of the Parallel Importation provisions of the recently passed Copyright Amendment (Parallel Importation) Bill. We also review the latest cases and legislative developments affecting patents, trade marks, designs, copyright, the Internet, domain names and stamp duty

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  • Focus: Patents & Trade Marks

    10 February 2003

    The system that provides for the extension of term of pharmaceutical patents in Australia is currently being reviewed by the Federal Government. Senior Associate Shyama Jayaswal - a patent attorney and lawyer with a technical background in organic chemistry - looks at the issue and its possible ramifications

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  • Focus: Patents & Trade Marks

    23 December 2002

    The High Court of Australia has just ruled that the Federal Court had asked the wrong questions on the issue of 'obviousness' in relation to patents revocations. The High Court found that if the right question was asked, the invention was not obvious. Partner Michael Dowling and Lawyer Cynthia Cochrane look at this important decision

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  • Intellectual Property Bulletin

    20 December 2002

    Our intellectual property lawyers and patent and trade marks attorneys review the latest cases and legislative developments affecting patents, trade marks, designs, copyright, food labelling, anti-piracy, the Internet and legal professional privilege

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  • How to budget for patents and how to keep the costs down

    3 December 2002

    This paper was the topic of the third seminar in AAR's monthly 'How to...' Intellectual Property seminar series. Chris Bird, Special Counsel at Allens Arthur Robinson Patent & Trade Marks Attorneys, outlines the timetable for a patent filing program, explains what costs you face at the major decision points, and spells out the options available to ensure you're getting the most cost-effective protection

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  • Focus: Patent & Trade Marks

    13 November 2002

    Partner Philip Macken examines the serious potential traps of the Madrid Protocol for overseas trade mark owners who do not specify an Australian address for service

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  • Paper: The four pillars of anti-piracy

    6 November 2002

    Partner Tim Golder and Lawyer Ben Arnall summarise the legal and practical steps to protect your brand from piracy. This paper was the topic of the second seminar in AAR's monthly 'How to...' Intellectual Property seminar series

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  • How to protect your intellectual property

    1 October 2002

    This paper was the topic of the first seminar in AAR's monthly 'How to...' Intellectual Property seminar series. Senior Associate Jeff Bergmann summarises the essentials of a good internal IP policy in five steps, while Special Counsel Dr Carolyn Rolls details an effective IP Capture Review

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  • Focus: Intellectual Property

    6 September 2002

    A recent decision by the Full Federal Court to allow the registration of a three-dimensional, bug-shaped confectionery item has significant implications for existing and future shape trade mark applications in Australia

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  • Focus: Patents

    2 September 2002

    The Australian Government is examining the issue of patents for business system inventions, with a view to possible legislative reform. Chris Bird looks at the arguments for and against allowing patenting of business systems

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  • Intellectual Property Bulletin

    29 August 2002

    Our intellectual property lawyers and patent and trade marks attorneys review the latest cases and legislative developments affecting copyright, patents, passing off, the Internet and trade marks

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  • Intellectual Property Bulletin

    25 May 2002

    Our intellectual property lawyers and patent and trade marks attorneys review the latest cases and legislative developments affecting patents, copyright, trade marks and the Internet

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  • Focus: Trade marks

    22 April 2002

    Allens Arthur Robinson Patents and Trade Marks Attorneys recently acted on behalf of Challenge Cancer Support Network Inc in a successful trade mark opposition that steps well outside the usual run of cases. Partner Colin Oberin and Special Counsel Carolyn Rolls go bear-hunting

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  • Focus: Patents

    16 April 2002

    The Australian patent system has undergone major changes this month with the Patents Amendment Act 2001 and Patents Amendments Regulations 2002 coming into force on April 1. In particular, there are two elements of the new legislation which will have an immediate impact on your patent strategy and practice: the Duty of Disclosure and the Grace Period.

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  • Focus: Trade marks

    15 April 2002

    The Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) has issued its 'Review of Enforcement of Trade Marks'. However, Garen Holopikian and Colin Oberin review the document and find it deals with much more than its title implies

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  • Intellectual Property Bulletin

    29 January 2002

    Our intellectual property lawyers and patent and trade marks attorneys bring you a roundup of the latest cases and legislative developments affecting patents, copyright, trade marks and the Internet

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  • IP & IT Bulletin

    15 June 2001

    This roundup looks at a landmark ruling on IT-based business models and protecting your patent in the US, discusses the best time to file for a patent, and more

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  • Update on Patents and Technology

    15 May 2001

    Robert Cooper looks at the Federal Court's landmark decision on patent protection of Smartcard business method technology

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  • IP & IT Bulletin

    17 March 2001

    This roundup discusses new laws on petty patents, looks at websites that use trade marks in a misleading way, and more

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  • Last post for petty patents

    17 March 2001

    The Patents Amendment (Innovation Patents) Act 2000 (Cth) which comes into effect on 24 May 2001 will replace the petty patent system with new innovation patents

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  • Focus: Intellectual Property

    4 March 2001

    Given the current confusion over business method patents you could be forgiven for believing the headline above. But it's unlikely such a patent would be granted under current Australian law

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  • IP & IT Bulletin

    18 December 2000

    In this update, we look at ambush marketing during the Olympic games, discuss the Madrid Protocol and more

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  • Focus: Hidden secrets

    15 December 2000

    Are your trade marks being infringed on the Internet? Is your web page a law suit waiting to happen? We examine the issues

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  • IP & IT Bulletin

    15 August 2000

    We examine how you can protect the shape of your products; legislative changes in five areas that affect intellectual property rights; a recent case in which Nike sought expungement of two trade mark registrations for the word 'Nike' belong to Campomar Sociedad Limitada; and more

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  • The Patent Law Treaty

    7 August 2000

    We take a look at the Patent Law Treaty which was ratified on 2 June 2000 following a meeting of member states of the World Intellectual Property Organisation in Geneva

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  • IP & IT Bulletin

    15 June 2000

    We examine ICANN's response to the cybersquatting problem; the risk that your new logo, registered as an Australian trade mark, could infringe copyright in another person's logo; how a trade mark that's similar to another company's can be a problem, even if you're not in the same business; and what the Taxol case means for patents for methods of treating humans

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  • Testing e-commerce patents in Australia

    4 March 2000

    Corresponding Australian patent applications for the Amazon.com and Priceline.com systems are pending. Even if Australian patents are not ultimately granted, the US patents may allow their owners to take action against Australian traders taking orders from US residents via the Internet

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  • IP & IT Bulletin

    1 March 2000

    In this issue we look at new moral rights for authors; new rules expanding legitimate software copying; the risk that e-commerce solutions infringe existing patents and the need to protect genuinely new solutions; and the dangers of transferring trade marks to prevent parallel importation

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  • IP & IT Bulletin

    15 October 1999

    We consider the Woolworths trade marks case; whether the licensing of intellectual property is anti competitive; a compulsory scheme regulating the release of genetically modified organisms; how you should claim protection for any Y2K statements; and how to avoid invalidating a valuable trade mark when it's sold

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  • IP & IT Bulletin

    15 July 1999

    In this issue, we examine changes to the Copyright Act covering broadcasts; "ambush marketing" of sports stars in the run up to the Olympics; extensions of the term of pharmaceutical patents; and brand protection through the seizure of fakes

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  • IP & IT Bulletin

    15 March 1999

    In this edition, we look at claim "Made in Australia"; a case where Coogi claimed copyright in the stitch structure of its fabrics as a work of artistic craftsmanship; an Act designed to encourage the disclosure and exchange of information about Year 2000 problems; and the equitable distribution of the benefits of exploiting biodiversity

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