This useful booklet was drafted by the Australian Government and very helpfully encourages a broad view of patents and designs as business tools, and sets out how you might get the most out of a relationship you start with us as your attorneys.
Our Joe Seisdedos was recently interviewed on 2NUR about aspects of Intellectual Property protection. It is a candid discussion on why your business should be across
- your own infringement
- protection from copycats
- The China Question
- Software patent issues
This post has been a long time in the making. I’m really excited to announce that after four and a half fantastic years, Foundry has expanded and is now a small firm, at a time when it’s really exciting to be a small firm in the Australian market.
I’m being joined by two excellent patent attorneys, both of whom are part of the “new breed” of entrepreneurial attorneys, having a powerful combination of big-firm training and experience as well as the get-go to run a small, client-focussed practice with a personalised service that attorneys working for the big firms can struggle to deliver.
I have known Joe Seisdedos since my first day as a trainee patent attorney, and we worked together for ten years way back when. Joe’s knowledge of all things patents and especially in the field of computer implemented inventions is second to none. Joe is a patentable subject matter expert and a regular speaker of choice at local seminars, as well as helping to teach the patent specification drafting course at The University of Technology, Sydney.
I first met Lester Miller back in 2003 when we both went to the other Novotel Hotel in Darling Harbour for the IPTA Academy Drafting Course! We have been friends ever since and, despite not yet having worked together, I have always been in awe of Lester’s client focus and reputation. Lester is a mechanical engineer and a designs guru, and has been a judge for the Good Designs Awards for a few years now.
I just can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Foundry II.
The new New Zealand Patents Act (the 2013 Act) will come into full force this Saturday! After over 60 years, the 1953 Patents Act will be superseded, although its ghost will continue to linger for some time under the transitional provisions.
If you haven’t already, file your NZ patent application right now so that it will be examined under the more lenient 1953 Patents Act!
If you haven’t already, consider paying all of the renewal fees for your granted NZ patent right now!
The official fees payable to the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) will be slightly different under the 2013 Act. The differences between the most commonly paid official fees pre- and post-Saturday are set out below (in $NZ).
Filing a complete application: $250 (was $250)
Filing a Convention/PCT application: $250 (was $250)
Requesting examination: $500 (new fee)
Amending the specification: $150 (only if outside of examination, was $60)
A significant change in practice is that renewal fees under the 2013 Act will be due annually from the 4th anniversary of the filing date, and will also be payable for patent applications proceeding under the 2013 Act. The renewal fees are NZ$100 for the 4th to 9th anniversaries, NZ$200 for the 10th to 14th anniversaries and NZ$350 for the 15th to 19th anniversaries.
IPONZ has provided a useful summary of the transitional provisions between the 1953 and 2013 Acts, see: http://www.iponz.govt.nz/cms/patents/patents-act-2013/transitional-provisions.
The transitional provisions regarding renewal fees for applications filed under the 1953 Act are relatively complicated – please feel free to contact me with any specific questions you may have.