Patent & Trade Mark
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Experts in Navigating IP in the Asia Pacific Region
Thanks to many years of global experience, FB Rice has a network of trusted advisors in most key jurisdictions. We turn to those advisors when assisting our clients to promote their interests.

For specific information on our Asia Pacific capability, click here.

 

 
One door to South East Asia
For a seamless service for filing and prosecuting patent and trade mark applications in South East Asia, click here.

 

Paul Whenman

Partner

Paul Whenman
"FB Rice is constantly growing and evolving to ensure that we’re up to date with the industry, while at the same time maintaining the high standard of service and technical expertise that we provide to our clients."
"FB Rice is constantly growing and evolving to ensure that we’re up to date with the industry, while at the same time maintaining the high standard of service and technical expertise that we provide to our clients."
Inventorship – a muddy concept at best
Inventorship has been described as “one of muddiest concepts in the muddy metaphysics of the patent law.” Mueller Brass Co. v. Reading Industries, Inc., 352 F.Supp. 1357, 1372 (E.D.Pa. 1972). Determining inventorship is a complex issue that is undertaken on a much stricter basis than authorship of a scientific publication. It can also be a particularly contentious issue when people are not named as inventors. Not only can this lead to alienation, but it can also lead to legal issues. For example, a patent may be invalid if incorrect inventors are intentionally named. During litigation, a defendant may also be able to identify an unnamed inventor and obtain an assignment from them, thereby qualifying as a co-owner of the patent and no longer subject to the litigation.
Inventorship has been described as “one of muddiest concepts in the muddy metaphysics of the patent law.” Mueller Brass Co. v. Reading Industries, Inc., 352 F.Supp. 1357, 1372 (E.D.Pa. 1972). Determining inventorship is a complex issue that is undertaken on a much stricter basis than authorship of a scientific publication. It can also be a particularly contentious issue when people are not named as inventors. Not only can this lead to alienation, but it can also lead to legal issues. For example, a patent may be invalid if incorrect inventors are intentionally named. During litigation, a defendant may also be able to identify an unnamed inventor and obtain an assignment from them, thereby qualifying as a co-owner of the patent and no longer subject to the litigation.
16 February 2017
Tracey Webb & Andrew Gregory to present at China Market-Ready Medtech & Pharma workshops
Attorneys Tracey Webb and Andrew Gregory are looking forward to presenting at the China Market-Ready Medtech & Pharma workshops, being held in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide, from 28 February – 9 March.
Attorneys Tracey Webb and Andrew Gregory are looking forward to presenting at the China Market-Ready Medtech & Pharma workshops, being held in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide, from 28 February – 9 March.
Karin Innes

Senior Associate

Karin Innes
Karin is a qualified patent and trade mark attorney and Senior Associate with FB Rice. She joined the firm in 2007 after working for the patent attorney practices in two large Australian law firms.
 
Karin is a registered Australian and New Zealand Patent and Trade Marks Attorney.
Karin is a qualified patent and trade mark attorney and Senior Associate with FB Rice. She joined the firm in 2007 after working for the patent attorney practices in two large Australian law firms.
 
Karin is a registered Australian and New Zealand Patent and Trade Marks Attorney.
15 February 2017
Australian innovation scrutinised again
‘… we need to significantly lift our game if we want to be a top tier innovation nation’ - Bill Ferris AC, Chair of Innovation Science Australia’s Board.
‘… we need to significantly lift our game if we want to be a top tier innovation nation’ - Bill Ferris AC, Chair of Innovation Science Australia’s Board.
WIPOs First Millionaire | Chinese Patent Filings Break New Record
WIPO has published its World Intellectual Property Indicators 2016 report, which details a healthy growth of intellectual property filings in 2015. Overall, the statistics demonstrate a positive trend in global innovation for the year, with patent filings increasing by 7.8% and trade mark filings increasing by a staggering 15.3%.
WIPO has published its World Intellectual Property Indicators 2016 report, which details a healthy growth of intellectual property filings in 2015. Overall, the statistics demonstrate a positive trend in global innovation for the year, with patent filings increasing by 7.8% and trade mark filings increasing by a staggering 15.3%.