Filing Trends and Growth in Australian IP – Insights from the IP Australia Annual Report

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Now in its 12th year, IP Australia’s Annual IP Report provides insights into the interplay between IP rights, innovation and the broader economy. Presenting the latest statistics on intellectual property filings, the 2024 report highlights a notable increase across all registered IP rights (design registration, applications for patents and for trade marks). These filing stats […]

WIPO Update: Long-Awaited IP Treaty for Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge

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24 May 2024 marked a historic moment, wherein World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) member states approved of a new Treaty that is the first to look towards the interface between intellectual property, genetic resources, and traditional knowledge. This approval follows from long-standing negotiations that began over two decades ago, back in 2001 and represents a […]

A new chapter for Brisbane Patent and Trade Mark Attorney firm MBIP

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Original article published on Lexology 29 May 2024 The Brisbane intellectual property (IP) attorney profession has undergone substantial changes over the last 5 years. Brisbane is considered a major centre of research and innovation in the Asia-Pacific, so it seems logical that there are a substantial amount of patent attorneys living and working in this global city. […]

Geographical Indications News – International Updates 

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Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement (A-EUFTA)  In September 2023, we wrote about the state of negotiations for the A-EUFTA and the implications this agreement would have for Australian intellectual property law, particularly in relation to Geographical Indication trade marks.   The European Union (EU) has a long list of marks it proposed to have protected in Australia […]

Implications for IP in the Australia-UK and Australia-European Free Trade Agreements 

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The Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement Last year, we wrote about the Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement (A-UKFTA) and what it could mean for intellectual property and trade in general in Australia. The agreement has since entered into force, on 31 May 2023. It ensured favourable commercial benefits to both countries, while also including some interesting and […]

Leading Australian manufacturer of electric vehicle chargers opens US factory

Tritium has opened its first global electric vehicle fast charger manufacturing facility in the United States. In our previous blog we shared news of the project which was only announced in February this year at the White House with President Joe Biden and Tritium chief executive officer Jane Hunter. We were delighted to read the […]

Business Boost grants opening 12 August

The Queensland Government’s new Business Boost small business grants program opens this week and provides grants of up to $15,000 (co-contribution) to businesses seeking to make improvements in their efficiency and productivity. This support includes funded activities in 3 project areas: 1. Future planning 2. Specialised and automated software 3. Staff management, development and planning. Eligibility criteria, […]

Pfizer Australia to acquire ResApp Health

Aussie medtech company ResApp Health (ResApp) recently announced news of its sale to Pfizer Australia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of global biopharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. The proposed acquisition will mean that Pfizer will acquire 100% of the shares in ResApp (by way of a Scheme of Arrangement) for A$0.115 per share in cash, representing a total equity value of […]