Patent & Trade Mark
Attorneys
We are
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.

 

Brett Lunn

Managing Partner

Brett Lunn
"As their interests have expanded in the Asia-Pacific region, our clients have increasingly tapped in to our broad and deep understanding of the IP regimes in that region. While it has always been a priority at FB Rice to provide our clients with a service that is technically excellent, we also continue to help them to navigate the diverse jurisdictions and cultures that make up the Asia Pacific region."
"As their interests have expanded in the Asia-Pacific region, our clients have increasingly tapped in to our broad and deep understanding of the IP regimes in that region. While it has always been a priority at FB Rice to provide our clients with a service that is technically excellent, we also continue to help them to navigate the diverse jurisdictions and cultures that make up the Asia Pacific region."
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.
22 December 2016
Promotion announcement: Madeleine Kelly and Steve Gledhill
The partners of FB Rice are delighted to announce to promotion to the partnership of two of the firm’s most talented Senior Associates: Madeleine Kelly and Steve Gledhill.
The partners of FB Rice are delighted to announce to promotion to the partnership of two of the firm’s most talented Senior Associates: Madeleine Kelly and Steve Gledhill.
Stuart Campbell

Associate

Stuart Campbell

Stuart is an Associate in our Sydney Engineering team with a strong technical background that involves a wide range of patent drafting and prosecution, mainly for Australian SME clients. His experience is particularly focused on mechanical related technology including 3D printing, automotive, FMCG, audio recording, mining, construction, and respiratory equipment. Stuart also has thorough experience of registering industrial designs in Australia and overseas.

Stuart is an Associate in our Sydney Engineering team with a strong technical background that involves a wide range of patent drafting and prosecution, mainly for Australian SME clients. His experience is particularly focused on mechanical related technology including 3D printing, automotive, FMCG, audio recording, mining, construction, and respiratory equipment. Stuart also has thorough experience of registering industrial designs in Australia and overseas.

20 December 2016
Intellectual Property Arrangements Report released by Australian Productivity Commission
Outcomes impacting inventive step threshold, the innovation patent, and trade mark non-use provisions included in the Australian Productivity Commission report on Intellectual Property Arrangements.
Outcomes impacting inventive step threshold, the innovation patent, and trade mark non-use provisions included in the Australian Productivity Commission report on Intellectual Property Arrangements.
Understanding Brand Protection in China: Beyond Trade Mark Registration
Australian businesses have developed a sophisticated understanding of trade mark protection in China, however protection and enforcement can still bring surprises. As Australia’s trade with China continues to grow, the need for clever strategies for brand protection also grows.
Australian businesses have developed a sophisticated understanding of trade mark protection in China, however protection and enforcement can still bring surprises. As Australia’s trade with China continues to grow, the need for clever strategies for brand protection also grows.