Innovating Our Way Backwards

Are Advances in Autonomous Mining Technology to Blame for Australia’s Failure to Capture the Benefit of the Mining Boom? Author: Peter Caporn The International Institute for Sustainable Development’s (IISD) recent report, “Mining a Mirage? Reassessing the shared-value paradigm in light of the technological advances in the mining sector” (the Report), co-produced with the Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment and released

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Strategic Thinking Needed In Patent Enforcement

Author: Peter Caporn The recent case of CQMS Pty Ltd v Bradken Resources Pty Limited [2016] FCA 847  has highlighted the importance of carefully considering how to assert the rights provided by an Australian patent. Unjustified Threats The Australian Patents Act 1990 contains provisions intended to prevent patent holders, or those applying for patents, from making unjustified threats of patent

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Orica’s Blasting Method Patentable Despite Dyno Nobel’s Determined Opposition

Author: Peter Caporn A recent decision of the Commissioner of Patents has held that a blasting method used in open cut mining (most commonly for coal) that combines a throw blast and a stand-up blast, separated by a period of at least 500ms, in a single blast cycle, is novel and inventive. Australian Patent Application 2004293486 in the name of

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The Intellectual Property of Remote Operation of Mine Sites – Implications for Miners?

Author: Peter Caporn We’ve all heard about it.  In fact, if there’s a talk being given or an article being written about innovation in mining or resources then it will no doubt make reference to Rio Tinto’s innovative approach to mine site operations. With all this innovation happening there is a level of intellectual property being generated.  Once the intellectual

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Thickeners – not so obvious after all

Author: Peter Caporn In a recent patent opposition case before a Delegate of the Commissioner of Patents a patent application by the CSIRO for a thickener (an apparatus for flocculation) with a unique feedwell design has been upheld and the opposition by Outotec Oyj denied. The full decision Outotec Oyj v Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation [2015] APO 78

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