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Innofy helps out World’s Biggest Garage Sale!

Innofy helps out World’s Biggest Garage Sale!

The World’s Biggest Garage Sale next event is this weekend in Brisbane.  In the spirit of helping out a fellow start-up, and supporting the circular economy and charity sector, Innofy is helping out!

Trade Mark Update: August 2018

Trade Mark Update: August 2018

It’s time again for our brief synopsis of some of the new and most interesting trade mark decisions handed down…

Trade Mark Update: September 2018

Trade Mark Update: September 2018

Are you “nuts-about-tella” or 1300-INTERESTED-IN-TMS? Read Innofy’s review of a selection of Australian Trade Mark Office (ATMO) decisions handed down in September 2018.

Celebrity Trade Marks: A Kardashian Case Study

Celebrity Trade Marks: A Kardashian Case Study

Trade marks are trending with celebrities – and they are keen to pursue protection in Australia: Paris Hilton tried unsuccessfully…

Innofy Invited to Pitch for $1million

Innofy Invited to Pitch for $1million

Katherine and Andrew were thrilled to be invited to today’s Brisbane finals of the Pitch for $1 Million competition.

WiT Gala Awards Dinner

WiT Gala Awards Dinner

On Friday 14th September, our very own Katherine Rock attended the Women in Technology (WiT) Awards. Joined by other members of the start-up community to cheer on River City Labs’ CEO, Peta Ellis, in the category of ICT Outstanding Achievement.

Trade Mark Update: April 2018

Trade Mark Update: April 2018

Innofy’s review of most noteworthy Australian Trade Mark Office (ATMO) decisions handed down in recent months – to May 2018.

Is the recent BMS-Nektar NKTR-214 deal really the most lucrative agreement in biotech history?

Is the recent BMS-Nektar NKTR-214 deal really the most lucrative agreement in biotech history?

Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) and Nektar Therapeutics (Nektar) have agreed to a Global Development & Commercialisation Collaboration, to work on Nektar’s lead oncology program, the CD122-biased agonist, NKTR-214. We assess who we think got the best out of this deal!

Innofy Present at Global Innovation Conference

Innofy Present at Global Innovation Conference

The IP team at Innofy were recently invited to present at the Global Creative Innovation Conference 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. We spoke about the work we are doing to modernise the business practices of the intellectual property industry and the impact of artificial intelligence in the future.

Is the U.S. Supreme Court Deciding The Future Of Patent Invalidation Proceedings?

Is the U.S. Supreme Court Deciding The Future Of Patent Invalidation Proceedings?

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is currently deliberating whether the United States Patent and Trade Mark Office (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) have the legal authority to assess and revoke the validity of issued U.S. patents, during a third party challenge proceedings.

The End Is Near For Innovation Patents

The End Is Near For Innovation Patents

Part 1 of our review of IP Australia’s Exposure Draft of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2017 looks at how the legislation will impact on the innovation patent system. Read on as to why you must file your patent application as soon as possible if you may be looking to take advantage of the innovation patent system.

Capitalising on food technology with effective patent strategies

Capitalising on food technology with effective patent strategies

Australia is quickly becoming a world leader in food and agriculture innovation, with businesses from start-ups to multinationals creating valuable intellectual property (IP). Make sure you determine the value that patent protection could add to your new products or processes, and the competitive advantage that an effective portfolio of food patents could offer.

Trade Mark Update: August 2017

Trade Mark Update: August 2017

Innofy’s monthly review of most noteworthy Australian Trade Mark Office (ATMO) decisions handed down in August 2017.

Innofy Invited to Present at Ci2017 Asia Pacific

Innofy Invited to Present at Ci2017 Asia Pacific

Innofy is honoured to be invited to the Ci2017 Asia Pacific Innovation Conference (Melbourne, Australia). We will showcase our innovative strategies in intellectual property as well as touch upon our AI development projects. Let us know if you will be there!

Five Reasons to File a Patent Application: And How to Align Patent Strategy to Business Objectives

Five Reasons to File a Patent Application: And How to Align Patent Strategy to Business Objectives

Start-ups and SMEs (small to medium sized enterprises) frequently shy away from adopting a patent filing policy – or filing a patent application – dissuaded by the large investment and the perceived inability to enforce any rights. Whilst these reasons may be valid, in this webinar we want to highlight the reasons you would want to file a patent application – with the overarching lesson that patent filings should ultimately align with business strategy.

Innovation Series: What do Cambridge and Innofy have in common? Innovation…

Innovation Series: What do Cambridge and Innofy have in common? Innovation…

Determined to work with some of the world’s best innovators, we will have an innofyer-in-residence at the University of Cambridge for the next year – Dr Katherine Rock.  Over the next twelve months, we will relay innovative insights straight from Silicon Fen – via our Innovation Series on this blog. In this initial post, we look at a case study involving an exciting cyber security start-up out of Cambridge… including strategic lessons we can learn from their patent portfolio.

Five Strategies for Obtaining Diagnostic Method Patents in the United States

Five Strategies for Obtaining Diagnostic Method Patents in the United States

We have presented five strategies that you can use to help get your diagnostic method patent over the line in the United States.

Trade Mark Update – July 2017

Trade Mark Update – July 2017

Innofy’s monthly review of Trade Mark Office decisions handed down in July 2017.

Australian Full Federal Court Denies Pharmaceutical Patent Term Extension

Australian Full Federal Court Denies Pharmaceutical Patent Term Extension

The Australian Full Federal Court confirmed that “Swiss type” claims do not meet the requirements for pharmaceutical patent term extension allowable under Australian patent law.

Diagnostics Inventions in the US: The Situation Worsens…

Diagnostics Inventions in the US: The Situation Worsens…

On 4 August 2017, the United States District Court handed down another…

Where are the female patent attorneys? <p><em>Part 4: Opportunities for change</em>

Where are the female patent attorneys?

Part 4: Opportunities for change

Accepting that the current playing field for female patent practitioners is not level, on the basis of the overwhelming evidence outlined in Parts 2 and Part 3, one may question whether there is anything which can serve to redress the imbalance.  In this regard, research abounds in relation to affecting change on an organisational level using evidence-based behavioural interventions, rather than traditional set-and-forget training schemes and ineffectual diversity committees.

Patenting Software in Australia: Australian Patent Office Says No in July 2017

Patenting Software in Australia: Australian Patent Office Says No in July 2017

In this post, we look at the July 2017 Australian Patent Office decisions.  Of the seven decisions published to date (issued to 24 July 2017), four (4) relate to computer software and manner of manufacture, and on all four the Delegate has found the subject matter unpatentable.

Where are the female patent attorneys? <p><em>Part 3: What does the evidence say about causes?</em>

Where are the female patent attorneys?

Part 3: What does the evidence say about causes?

In these modern times, it may be difficult to imagine the causes behind the apparent glass ceiling, and revolving door, particularly within the private practice.  However, the latest organisational and anthropological research provides a number of insights, including unconscious bias, a perceived lack of fit within senior positions, and cultural and explicit biases.

Someone Has Applied to Remove My Trade Mark For Non-Use in Australia: What Do I Do?

Someone Has Applied to Remove My Trade Mark For Non-Use in Australia: What Do I Do?

An application for the removal of a trade mark from the register for non-use (a “non-use application”) can be made on the basis that the application for registration was not made in good faith with the intention to use the trade mark, and that the trade mark has not been “used”, or used in good faith; or the trade mark has not be “used” in a three year period ending the month prior to the non-use application being filed (provided at least five years has passed following registration). Once a non-use application is made – the onus of proof of genuine use shifts to the registered owner. This article explores what a registered owner should do in this situation.

The European Unitary Patent Is Coming… <p><em>And why you should take notice</em>

The European Unitary Patent Is Coming…

And why you should take notice

The European Patent Office will soon offer a “one-stop-shop” for your European patent rights. Find out what you need to know about how the European Unitary Patent will work, and how it will present a cheaper way to obtain patent rights across Europe.

Where are the female patent attorneys? <p><em>Part 2: Debunking the myths</em>

Where are the female patent attorneys?

Part 2: Debunking the myths

In this post, we analyse three common myths regarding gender imbalance in the industry; namely: that women in the industry currently lack experience to be in leadership positions (Myth 1); that the lack of female patent attorneys is merely a reflection of the lack of women with appropriate STEM qualifications (Myth 2); and, a denial of the issue (Myth 3).

Five lessons regarding patents vs trade secrets from Game of Thrones “Wildfire”

Five lessons regarding patents vs trade secrets from Game of Thrones “Wildfire”

For those of you that have somehow not been caught up in…

5 Surprising “Game of Thrones” Related Trade Marks in Australia

5 Surprising “Game of Thrones” Related Trade Marks in Australia

Game of Thrones, Season 7, premieres tonight in Australia.  To celebrate, innofy takes a look at the top 5 most surprising classes of goods or service HBO has registered (or has applied to register) Game of Thrones related marks in.

Where are the female patent attorneys? <p><em>Part 1: The business case for gender balance</em>

Where are the female patent attorneys?

Part 1: The business case for gender balance

Gender imbalance in the patent attorney profession is an underreported issue.  And yet, women comprise less than a third of registered patent attorneys, and occupy less than 17% of senior positions in the largest private practices in Australia.  This is the first of a multi-part series exploring the topic of female representation in the patent attorney profession in Australia.

KeepCup v Gloria Jeans: An Australian registered design test case in the making?

KeepCup v Gloria Jeans: An Australian registered design test case in the making?

The Australian Broadcasting Commission reported on Friday that KeepCup – manufacturer of reusable coffee cups – is suing Gloria Jeans over alleged infringement of KeepCup’s registered design rights.  In the report, Professor Andrew Christie from the University of Melbourne Law School contends that the lawsuit may have the potential to provide a pivotal test case for registered designs in Australia.  Below, we explore the reasoning behind this opinion, and what registered design infringement actually means.

The Australian TGA wants to hear from stakeholders

The Australian TGA wants to hear from stakeholders

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is reaching out! Please take 10-15…

Opportunity – FDA encouraging manufacture and distribution of new generic drugs

Opportunity – FDA encouraging manufacture and distribution of new generic drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are desperately seeking to increase competition for prescription drugs. A recent blog post by the FDA Commissioner has outlined their strategy for reducing the barriers to generic drug approval.

New high energy density battery technology announced

New high energy density battery technology announced

In February 2017, a team of University of Texas engineers announced the development of the first all-solid-state battery cells -…

TbALPH1 identified as hot target for African Sleeping Sickness

TbALPH1 identified as hot target for African Sleeping Sickness

New treatments for African trypanosomiasis (aka African Sleeping Sickness) have been a hot topic for university research and not for profit organisations for over a decade. Researchers at JMU (Germany) have discovered the latest hot hit.

TM Update – May 2017

TM Update – May 2017

Every month, we will provide a brief synopsis of some of the new and most interesting trade marks cases decided…