MBIP at IPTA2023 Conference

Jeremy Moller and I were in Hobart, Tasmania in the last week of April 2023 for the annual Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) conference.  The Institute is a professional body for Australian patent and trade mark attorneys and represents about 95% of registered Australian patent attorneys.  Jeremy and I are […]

Avoiding Getting Lost in Translation

In many non-English speaking jurisdictions, where a translation into the national language is required to complete national phase entry of a PCT application, it’s possible to lodge the translation subsequent to the national phase entry deadline.  Being able to lodge a translation subsequent to national phase entry can be a great help, particularly if the […]

Successful patent preparation: what you and your patent attorney need to know

  Our firm is based in Brisbane but many of the patent specifications we write are for inventors that are located in other parts of Australia. We’ve prepared patent applications for people needing patent attorney help in many other towns including Lismore, Melbourne, Townsville, Bundaberg, Caloundra and Cairns, to name a few. Before the current […]


Since the Australian launch of Amazon last year, the Trade Marks Department at MBIP have experienced an increase in client enquiries about how to protect their trade marks when selling on Amazon.  The challenges of protecting trade mark rights in this type of online marketplace can be overwhelming for sellers to say the least. Amazon […]

Meet MBIPs new team members and new head office

Two new attorneys join MBIP as 2018 sees our firm expands to five patent and trade mark attorneys, and take up new residence in a bespoke office fit-out within of Brisbane’s Red Hill commercial precinct. With growth in our firm, our home of four years at Taringa became too small, and in January we moved […]

Techshot, new cricket technology: An IP Case Study

Will Prowse has enjoyed a life time love of cricket, yet transitioning from player to coach brought the realisation that one of the hardest skills for a young batsman to learn is to hit the ball late and keep their shape post-contact. As a civil engineer, Will was challenged to find a coaching solution to […]

Crowdfunding and your IP, a case study: Audeara

Crowdfunding is growing in popularity with around $US35 billion raised in 2015.  However, when maintaining the ‘unique’ and ‘new’ integrity of an invention, key rules need to be followed. The main problem with publicly disclosing a new and innovative product on a crowdfunding platform or project is that such a disclosure may jeopardise patent and […]

Changes to the code of conduct for patent and trademark attorneys

From 23 February 2018 changes to the Code of Conduct for Patent and Trade Marks attorneys ensure greater transparency of ownership of Australian patent attorney firms. The changes to the Code appear to be a significant reason for the absorption of two of Brisbane’s largest patent attorney firms (Fisher Adams Kelly Callinans and Cullens) into Sydney […]

Michael Buck to attend INTA meeting in Seattle

Michael will be in Seattle to attend the 140thAnnual Meeting of the International Trademark Association in May, and will be available to meet during this time. The INTA meeting is the world’s largest and most widely attended trademark event, providing the opportunity for IP professionals to examine key industry issues, gain actionable insights, forge critical […]