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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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