Patent & Trade Mark
Attorneys
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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 all 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.

 

John Landells

Partner

John Landells
“Changes to New Zealand’s patent law and practice in 2014 has brought New Zealand more into alignment with Australia, significantly raising the threshold for patentability in New Zealand. Most of our attorneys are registered to represent our clients in both Australia and New Zealand, which ensures that our clients get the best protection of their assets across both jurisdictions.”
“Changes to New Zealand’s patent law and practice in 2014 has brought New Zealand more into alignment with Australia, significantly raising the threshold for patentability in New Zealand. Most of our attorneys are registered to represent our clients in both Australia and New Zealand, which ensures that our clients get the best protection of their assets across both jurisdictions.”
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.
24 March 2017
Women in Life Sciences come together to celebrate in Sydney
FB Rice is delighted to be part of the second annual AusBiotech Women in Life Sciences lunch in Sydney. Quickly becoming a fixture in the NSW Life Sciences calendar, the lunch seeks to celebrate women working in the broad area of Life Sciences. We applaud the work that AusBiotech does to support and foster achievement in all areas of Life Sciences.
FB Rice is delighted to be part of the second annual AusBiotech Women in Life Sciences lunch in Sydney. Quickly becoming a fixture in the NSW Life Sciences calendar, the lunch seeks to celebrate women working in the broad area of Life Sciences. We applaud the work that AusBiotech does to support and foster achievement in all areas of Life Sciences.
Rechelle Malcolm

Paralegal

Rechelle Malcolm

Rechelle is a Paralegal in the Sydney office of FB Rice. Rechelle works closely with our software and information technology team to deliver a high quality service to our clients.

Rechelle is a Paralegal in the Sydney office of FB Rice. Rechelle works closely with our software and information technology team to deliver a high quality service to our clients.

08 March 2017
FB Rice Ranked Tier 1 by IP Stars for Patent and Trade Mark Prosecution
Awards season is in full swing for 2017, and building on last year's success, we are very excited to announce our Patent and Trade Marks teams have both been ranked Tier 1 for Trade Mark prosecution by Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars.
Awards season is in full swing for 2017, and building on last year's success, we are very excited to announce our Patent and Trade Marks teams have both been ranked Tier 1 for Trade Mark prosecution by Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars.
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%.