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23
Oct

Resources Industry Productivity Halved, Technology & Innovation to the Rescue?

The AusIMM held an event around a week ago at MineSpace in West Perth to launch their membership and Matt Mullins of Tecoma Strategies, former leader of BHP Billiton’s whole-of-business productivity initiative, presented on “Some Emerging Trends in the Resources Industry”. The key point for me, despite the perhaps unnecessary reminder that the resources “Super Cycle” is over and the

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23
Oct

We need more opportunities to share our Innovation stories!

Shaun Gregory , Senior VP of Strategy, Science and Innovation at Woodside Energy Ltd said as much at Networking WA’s recent breakfast event “The Resources Sector and Technology and Innovation”, which was proudly supported by RIG for the second year in a row. Peter Caporn, Principal of Wrays and Resources Group Head, attended with a number of other Wrays staff

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21
Jul

Rio Tinto Alcan and Norsk Hydro in Patent Opposition Dispute

The potential importance and impact of prior third party use of an invention, together with careful attention to patent specification drafting, have been highlighted in a recent Australian patent opposition between Rio Tinto Alcan International Ltd and Norsk Hydro ASA [2015] APO 40 (Norsk Hydro is the patent applicant). In this Australian patent opposition decision, the full text of which

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9
Apr

Surface Miners: How Obvious is Obvious Enough?

Do you routinely search patent specifications?  If not, the recent decision in Vermeer Manufacturing Company v Wirtgen GmbH[2015] APO 14 suggests that you should. Surface miners, such as those employed in the resurfacing of roads and in the mining of coal and friable iron ores, have been the subject of a recent decision of a Delegate of the Commissioner of

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31
Mar

Inside the China Free Trade Deal?

I recently attended a breakfast event presented by WestBusiness Events and Curtin University, which was aimed at providing insight into doing business with China and how the recent FTA might improve things.  Any discussion regarding business with China is bound to have a resources flavour, and this event didn’t disappoint, with Dr David Sun of Sinosteel Australia present on the

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24
Mar

The novelty question – where do we draw the line (or the blind)?

Prior public display and offer for sale not sufficient to destroy novelty A recent appeal decision from the full Federal Court has found that providing a product for sale in Australia that embodied an invention did not make that invention publicly available in Australia in the absence of evidence that anyone wanted to examine the product to see how it

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23
Feb

Innovation in Resources as a Megatrend?

The application of new technologies in the resources sector has been identified as a key element in one of 5 “megatrends” in a report titled “Megatrends 2015 Making sense of a world in motion” and published by EY. New technologies are allowing access to previously unavailable resources and have the potential to impact future supply in a significant manner.  It’s

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23
Feb

ExxonMobil’s Design Method for a Processing Plant not Patentable?

A recent decision from the Australian Patent Office has held that ExxonMobil’s otherwise novel and inventive method of designing an LNG plant is nothing more than a scheme and is consequently unpatentable. Woodside opposed the grant of the Australian Patent Application after it had been accepted by the Patent Office. ExxonMobil overcame several grounds of opposition but fell short when

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