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Publications Jul 08, 2024

Amplifying IP series – The art of drafting patents

In this third article, Principal and Patent Attorney, Rob Wulff shares his thoughts on the art of patent specification drafting.

News Jul 01, 2024

Griffith Hack celebrates excellence with four promotions

Griffith Hack is proud to announce the promotion of four team members effective 1 July 2024.

Publications Jun 13, 2024

Insights into the current state of bioenergy in Australia

Dr Arun Nagasubramanian, Patent Attorney, shares insights from the Bioenergy state-of-play presentation organised by the Australian Institute of Energy.

Publications Jun 11, 2024

Tips and tricks for prosecuting patents in Australia and New Zealand – Part 2

In this four part series, Amanda Stark and Dr Megan Cole provide tips and tricks for bypassing examination wait times in New Zealand so that a granted patent is reached expediently.

News Jun 06, 2024

Griffith Hack team recognised in IAM Patent 1000 for 2024

Seven Griffith Hack principals have been recognised in the 2024 edition of the IAM Patent 1000 for their expertise in the area of patent law.

Resources & guides Jun 05, 2024

Reasons to file patents in Australia

What makes Australia such an advantageous location for filing patents?

News Jun 03, 2024

Griffith Hack team recognised in IP Stars 2024

Griffith Hack’s Amanda Stark, Nicola Scheepers and Karen Sinclair have been recognised in the IP STARS rankings for 2024.

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News May 30, 2024

Griffith Hack recognised in Best Law Firms 2025 edition

Griffith Hack is proud to announce that we have been recognised in the inaugural Best Law Firms – Australia 2025 edition for Intellectual Property Law, ranked by Best Lawyers.

Publications May 20, 2024

Federal Budget 2024: Key insights and takeaways

We discuss the key measures in Australia’s 2024-25 federal budget that could help drive innovation, research, commercialisation and business growth.

News May 13, 2024

Our newest Patent Attorney – Mitchell Stott

Griffith Hack is proud to announce that Mitchell Stott has become a registered Patent Attorney.

Publications May 10, 2024

IP Australia embraces Madrid Goods & Services list for trade marks

In this article, Nicola Scheepers, Principal and Trade Mark Lawyer discusses the recent move by IP Australia in adopting the Madrid Goods and Services list and what it means for applicants.

Publications May 02, 2024

Pattern protection: Safeguarding your design legacy

In this article, Jenny Wyndham-Wheeler and Dr Radhika Moore provide insights into why being proactive about your intellectual property strategy is valuable and how simple the process can be.

News Apr 30, 2024

Griffith Hack attending BIO 2024 in San Diego

Griffith Hack will be attending BIO 2024 in San Diego from 3-6 June.

Publications Apr 26, 2024

Amplifying IP series – The interview (aka storytelling)

In this second article, Principal and Patent Attorney, Rob Wulff shares his thoughts regarding the initial interviews with the patent attorney.

News Apr 26, 2024

Griffith Hack-sponsored WA Innovators of the Year 2024 program launched

Griffith Hack is very proud to continue its support of the annual Western Australian Innovator of the Year program.

News Apr 24, 2024

Griffith Hack attending INTA 2024 in Atlanta

Griffith Hack will be attending INTA 2024 in Atlanta from 18-22 May.

News Apr 24, 2024

Griffith Hack team members named 2024 Rising Stars by Australasian Lawyer

Griffith Hack is proud to announce that Sara Pearson and Rachael Lopez have been named as Rising Stars for 2024 by Australasian Lawyer.

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News Apr 18, 2024

Kellie Stonier and Derek Baigent recognised in Best Lawyers 2025 guide

Griffith Hack is proud to announce that members of our Law team have been named in the Best Lawyers Australia guide for 2025.

Publications Apr 04, 2024

What’s going on with Australia’s proposed patent notification scheme for generic and biosimilar medicines?

The proposed patent notification scheme for generic and biosimilar medicines by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) seems to have fallen of its priority list. Gavin Adkins, from our Law and Trade Marks team, reflects on the TGA’s consultation process, its subsequent announcements and the impact on innovators and generics.

Publications Mar 26, 2024

Tips and tricks for prosecuting patents in Australia and New Zealand

In this four part series, Amanda Stark and Dr Megan Cole provide some tips and tricks for bypassing examination wait times in Australia so that a granted patent is reached expediently.

Publications Mar 26, 2024

Fashion law in Australia: Navigating the intersection of creativity and regulation

The Griffith Hack team comprising Derek Baigent, Shannon Fati, Jenny Wyndham-Wheeler and Ellen Baker authored the Australian chapter of The Global Legal Post’s second edition Law Over Borders Fashion Law Guide. Here’s a short summary of their chapter.

Publications Mar 26, 2024

Patentspeak: The concept of utility

Patent Attorneys, Robert Wulff and Dr Arun Nagasubramanian discuss the concept of utility, one of the requirements that must be met by a patent granted in Australia.

Publications Mar 22, 2024

Amplifying IP series – Unchartered waters: invention searching

In this first article, Patent Attorney, Rob Wulff takes a deep dive into invention searching. In addition to highlighting the risks involved, he provides recommendations on how searching can help rather than hinder.

Publications Mar 06, 2024

Insights from the 38th Australasian Polymer Symposium

Dr Mitchell Nothling provides his insights on the 38th Australasian Polymer Symposium (APS).

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Publications Feb 22, 2024

Australian Innovation Patents: Gone, but not forgotten

Amanda Stark and Dr Tim Fyfe discuss that innovation patents are still a useful tool for Australian patentees and can provide patent protection for subject matter that does not meet the threshold of patentability required for a standard patent.

Publications Feb 19, 2024

Converging tastes: when alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage similarities merge

In this article, Simon Gapes discusses a recent IP Australia Hearing Office decision confirming the similarity of alcoholic beverages and non-alcoholic beverages for trade mark comparison purposes.

News Feb 15, 2024

Griffith Hack Law and Trade Marks team continue to shine in WTR 1000 for 2024

Our firm continues its top Gold ranking for trade mark prosecution and strategy and Bronze for enforcement and litigation in the WTR 1000 for 2024.

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News Feb 08, 2024

Our newest Patent Attorney – Dr Radhika Moore

Griffith Hack is proud to announce that Dr Radhika Moore has become a registered Patent Attorney.

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News Jan 24, 2024

Recognition for Griffith Hack and Derek Baigent in The Legal 500 guide 2024

Griffith Hack principal Derek Baigent has been recognised as one of Australia’s leaders in intellectual property in The Legal 500 Australia guide for 2024.

Publications Jan 22, 2024

Grill’d vs KFC: Healthy fried chicken trade mark success

Leanne Oitmaa from our Law & Trade Marks team reviews the decision in KFC THC V Ltd v Grill’d IP Pty Ltd [2023] ATMO 192.

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Publications Jan 12, 2024

Duncan v Australian Broadcasting Corporation: A case of multiple discoveries in the harbour

Leanne Oitmaa and Sara Pearson review the decision in Duncan v Australian Broadcasting Corporation [2023] FedCFamC2G 993, which provides an example of two people independently coming up with a similar idea and how copyright from that idea can play out.

Publications Dec 20, 2023

The latest stats from IP Australia: Australia remains an important jurisdiction for IP rights

Griffith Hack’s managing director Aaron LePoidevin provides observations from IP Australia’s 2022-23 Annual Report

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Publications Dec 19, 2023

Cantarella Bros v Lavazza Australia: Trade mark battle brews in Federal Court

Our Law & Trade Mark team review the recent Federal Court decision in Cantarella Bros v Lavazza Australia.

Publications Dec 15, 2023

Comprising statements and the allure of inclusive construction

In this article, patent attorney Dr Megan Cole discusses how far a ‘comprising statement’ can push the inclusive boundaries.

Publications Dec 14, 2023

Geographical indications of origin: Commercial consequences of location

Emma Mitchell and Sara Pearson explain what GIs are, how they’re treated in Australia, and the broader commercial and political implications.

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News Nov 14, 2023

Kellie Stonier named to Australasian Lawyer’s Elite Women 2023 list

Kellie Stonier, practice group leader of Griffith Hack’s Law & Trade Marks team, has been named to Australasian Lawyer’s Elite Women list for 2023.

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Publications Nov 08, 2023

Firstmac v Zip Co (No 2): A timely caution in the drafting of Calderbank offers in IP proceedings

We review the recent decision in Firstmac v Zip Co (No 2), which offers timely guidance to solicitors preparing Calderbank offers in proceedings before the Federal Court of Australia.

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News Nov 03, 2023

Green hydrogen innovation awarded Griffith Hack prize at Curtinnovation Awards

A new and cost-effective way to extract green hydrogen from untreated water has been named the winner of the Griffith Hack Overall Prize at Curtin University’s 2023 Curtinnovation Awards.

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News Oct 27, 2023

Griffith Hack to attend the APAA 20th General Assembly in Singapore

Greg Munt, Gavin Adkins, Jessica Lee, Dr Simone Shu-Yen Lee and Dr Jenny Park will represent Griffith Hack at the 20th General Assembly of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association in Singapore.

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News Oct 20, 2023

Griffith Hack to join small molecule drug discovery experts at Hit ID Symposium 2023

Griffith Hack is proud to be sponsoring the upcoming Hit ID Symposium, being held at the Woodward Conference Centre in Melbourne.

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Resources & guides Oct 18, 2023

Should I file my software patent application in Australia?

This article explains the challenges and opportunities for filing software patent applications in Australia.

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Publications Oct 16, 2023

AI, Intangibles & Education: Insights from IPBC Australasia 2023

Sarah Cox, Karen Sinclair and Kerry Dick provide a snapshot of some of the key topics discussed during IPBC Australasia 2023.

Webinars Oct 13, 2023

Webinar: Trade secrets with Dr. Francis Gurry

Griffith Hack and IPH are delighted to invite you to a special briefing from Dr. Francis Gurry who will explore several key issues and global trends relating to trade secrets.

Publications Oct 11, 2023

Insights from the 21st FICPI Open Forum: SEP and FRAND negotiations, Unified Patent Court & more

Christian Schieber recently attended the 21st FICPI Open Forum in London, joining over 400 colleagues from the international IP attorney community.

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Publications Oct 09, 2023

Navigating trade marks in a virtual world: IP Australia issues new guidance

IP Australia’s new guidance on classifying trade marks for a range of emerging technologies provides an important call-to-action for brand & product owners. Shannon Fati breaks down the changes.

News Oct 05, 2023

Griffith Hack team members named 2023 Rising Stars by Managing IP

Griffith Hack’s Jack Collings, Sarah Cox and Dr Simone Shu-Yen Lee have been named as Rising Stars for 2023 by Managing IP.

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News Oct 03, 2023

Edith Hamilton named leading IP strategist in 2023 edition of IAM Strategy 300

Principal David Hughes has received recognition as one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists in this year’s IAM 300.

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Publications Sep 26, 2023

Podcast: A quantum computer in your pocket?

Dr Simone Shu-Yen Lee joined the From Idea to Intellectual Property podcast to discuss all things quantum computing with host Lisa Leong.

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Publications Sep 25, 2023

Seeking invalidity of a patent through revocation: can it be done following opposition & appeal?

In a recent dispute, the Federal Court looked at whether a party can seek invalidity of a patent through revocation if it has already done so on opposition and appeal.

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Publications Sep 21, 2023

Collaboration, connectivity & magic: Insights from the 2023 IPO Annual Meeting

Aaron LePoidevin and Georgina Higinbotham provide their insights and key takeaways from the 2023 IPO Annual Meeting in Boston.

Publications Sep 13, 2023

Applicants beware: Amendments to trade mark specifications during litigation are not guaranteed

A recent trade mark dispute between Energy Beverages LLC and Kangaroo Mother Australia Pty Ltd provides useful guidance to applicants seeking to amend a trade mark application during the course of litigation.

News Aug 29, 2023

Griffith Hack attending conferences across the globe this September & October

Griffith Hack will be represented at several global intellectual property and industry conferences this September and October.

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Publications Jul 20, 2023

IP Australia reviewing three key areas of designs law: How you can contribute to reforms

IP Australia is a holding a public consultation process on potential designs law changes, as part of an ongoing effort to modernise Australia’s design rights system and enhance design protection.

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Publications Jul 18, 2023

The final chapter: Manuka Honey and the interplay between New Zealand trade mark law and culture

The long-running trade mark dispute over Manuka Honey provided comprehensive overview of the interplay of certification marks and indigenous considerations in New Zealand.

Publications Jul 13, 2023

Generative AI and its impact on the IP system

Griffith Hack managing director Aaron LePoidevin takes a look into the challenges, opportunities and potential overall impact of generative AI technology on the IP system.

Publications Jul 11, 2023

Katy Perry v Katie Perry: A tale of two women, two teenage dreams and one name

Singer Katy Perry has lost her protracted trade mark dispute with an Australian fashion designer.

Publications Jul 10, 2023

Design rights in Australia: What are they and what can I protect?

Dr Radhika Moore provides an up-to-date overview on designs rights in Australia and the protection available to product designers.

News Jul 07, 2023

Ten Griffith Hack principals recognised as WIPR Leaders for 2023

Ten Griffith Hack principals have been individually recognised in this years’ World Intellectual Property Review Leaders Guide.

News Jul 05, 2023

Congratulations to our new registered patent & trade marks attorneys

In the first half of 2023, three Griffith Hack trainees have registered as patent & trade marks attorneys in Australia and New Zealand.

Publications Jun 30, 2023

Australian Government again denied $325m damages claim in clopidogrel injunction dispute

The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has dismissed the Commonwealth’s appeal against a 2020 decision to deny it $325m in damages in a dispute relating to the antiplatelet drug clopidogrel.

News Jun 29, 2023

Griffith Hack announces four promotions, including two principal elevations

Griffith Hack is proud to announce the promotion of four team members, including the elevation of Dr James-Robert Cram and Kerry Dick to principal

News Jun 27, 2023

Griffith Hack team recognised in IAM Patent 1000 for 2023

Seven Griffith Hack principals have been recognised in the 2023 edition of the IAM Patent 1000 for their expertise in the area of patent law.

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News Jun 07, 2023

Leanne Oitmaa named finalist at Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards

Griffith Hack’s Leanne Oitmaa has been named a finalist for Intellectual Property Partner of the Year at the 2023 Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards.

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News May 24, 2023

Griffith Hack team recognised in IP Stars 2023

Griffith Hack principals Amanda Stark, Nicola Scheepers, Janelle Borham and Karen Sinclair have been recognised in the IP STARS rankings for 2023.

Publications May 19, 2023

Quantum computing: start-up or up-start? Part 2

We chart some of the patent filings in quantum computing and then take a further look at the potential applications for quantum computing technologies.

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News May 16, 2023

Griffith Hack attending BIO 2023 in Boston

Griffith Hack will be attending BIO 2023 in Boston from 5-8 June.

Resources & guides May 15, 2023

Griffith Hack authors Patents 2023 in Lexology’s Getting the Deal Through

Amanda Stark and Gavin Adkins have authored the Australian and New Zealand chapters of Patents 2023 in Lexology’s Getting the Deal Through.

News May 05, 2023

Griffith Hack-sponsored WA Innovator of the Year 2023 program launched

Griffith Hack is very proud to continue its support of the annual Western Australian Innovator of the Year program.

Publications May 03, 2023

Inventorship in the age of generative AI: What is the path forward?

Patent systems globally are grappling with the emergence of generative AI technology like ChatGPT. Is it time for international cooperation to establish common guidelines for AI-assisted inventions?

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News May 01, 2023

Griffith Hack attending INTA 2023 in Singapore

Griffith Hack will be attending INTA 2023 in Singapore from 16-20 May.

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News Apr 20, 2023

Derek Baigent and Kellie Stonier recognised in Best Lawyers 2024 guide

Griffith Hack is proud to announce that three members of our Law team have been named in the Best Lawyers Australia guide for 2023.

News Apr 20, 2023

Cyber incident further update

As previously announced, on 13 March 2023 our parent company IPH Limited (IPH) detected that a portion of its IT environment had been subject to unauthorised access.

News Apr 12, 2023

Rachael Lopez named finalist in Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30

Griffith Hack’s Rachael Lopez has been named a finalist in the 2023 Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 awards.

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Publications Apr 05, 2023

New divisional patent application management process at the Australian Patent Office

We explain the new divisional application process proposed by the Australian Patent Office.

Publications Apr 03, 2023

American Wendy’s vs Australian Wendy’s: Can there be two ‘Wendy’s’?

Ellen Baker looks at US fast food chain Wendy’s plans to establish itself in the Australian market.

News Apr 03, 2023

Griffith Hack named top tier firm for Trade Marks by IP Stars

Griffith Hack is proud to have been recognised as a Tier One firm for Trade Marks in the 2023 edition of IP Stars.

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Publications Mar 30, 2023

When additional data provides additional headaches

What happens with further data generated after the 12-month priority period and after filing the PCT application?

Publications Mar 29, 2023

Sowing the seeds of renewals: recap of the Nufarm v Advanta Federal Court decision

Sarah Cox reviews the Federal Court’s decision in Nufarm Australia v Advanta Seeds to allow an extension of time for payment of a patent renewal fee.

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Publications Mar 29, 2023

Quantum computing: start-up or up-start? Part 1

In this series Dr Simone Shu-Yen Lee discusses the vast potential of quantum computing and looks at how Australia is responding to this evolving industry.

Insights Mar 27, 2023

New Zealand honey producers back down in Mānuka trade mark dispute

Shannon Fati looks at the long-running battle between New Zealand and Australian honey producers over the use of the term Mānuka.

News Mar 24, 2023

Cyber incident update

Our parent company, IPH, is continuing to work with leading external cyber security and forensic IT advisors to respond to, and conduct a forensic investigation into, the cyber incident announced on 16 March 2023.

News Mar 16, 2023

Cyber security incident

Our parent company, IPH, recently detected unauthorised access to a portion of its IT environment. Based on preliminary analysis, it appears the incident has impacted Griffith Hack’s document management system and practice management system.

Publications Mar 15, 2023

Grace periods in Australia: designs vs patents

The introduction of a 12-month grace period to the Designs Act in Australia provides an important safe-guard for designers – but how does it differ to the grace period that governs patents?

Publications Mar 06, 2023

Why “ITS” is a good idea to save time and money in the patent process

Robert Wulff and Dr Radhika Moore provide insight on performing International Type Search on Australian provisional applications.

Publications Mar 02, 2023

Crown Melbourne gambles on patentability of Roulette game

Robert Wulff and Dr Radhika Moore provide their observations on the recent Crown Melbourne decision by a Delegate of the Australian Patent Office.

Publications Feb 22, 2023

They’re here! The Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court arrive in Europe.

Amanda Stark, Toby Thompson and Craig Don Paul provide an overview of the UP and UPC system updates in Europe.

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News Feb 10, 2023

Griffith Hack will be attending AUTM’s 2023 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas

Griffith Hack is proud to sponsor the 2022 edition of the Fragment-Based Drug Discovery Down Under Conference.

News Feb 10, 2023

Griffith Hack Law and Trade Marks team shine again in WTR 1000 for 2023

Griffith Hack has been ranked in the Silver category for Trade Mark Prosecution and in Bronze for Enforcement and Litigation in the WTR 1000 rankings.

Publications Feb 06, 2023

#InfluencersAreOnNotice: ACCC’s ‘Crackdown’ on (Mis)Influencing Consumers

Significant changes to the unfair contract term provisions in the Australian Consumer Law, including potential financial penalties, will soon apply.

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News Jan 18, 2023

Griffith Hack, Derek Baigent recognised in The Legal 500 guide for 2023

Griffith Hack principal Derek Baigent has been recognised as one of Australia’s leaders in intellectual property in The Legal 500 Australia guide for 2023.

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Publications Dec 21, 2022

Overseas Trade Mark Update – December 2022

Nicola Scheepers and Jacqueline Simpkin address new developments for attorneys registering trade marks in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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News Dec 21, 2022

Griffith Hack elevates three team members in latest round of promotions

Griffith Hack is proud to announce the promotion of three team members, including the elevation of patent attorney Edith Hamilton to principal.

Publications Dec 19, 2022

Early national phase entry & expedited examination requests: What’s possible in Australia?

Robyn Heard and Dr Sophie Rankenburg provide answers to commonly asked questions about early national phase entry in Australia, and the options available for expedited examination requests.

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Publications Dec 19, 2022

Extension of time: Australian law requirements and practice tips

Malcolm Lyons and Craig Don Paul discuss Australia’s Extension of Time rules, which can remedy an error or omission by a patent applicant or their agent.

News Dec 16, 2022

Griffith Hack, Derek Baigent recognised in Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide 2023

Griffith Hack has been recognised in the Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide 2023, receiving both firm and individual rankings for Intellectual Property.

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Publications Nov 18, 2022

Full Court correct in deciding that only humans can invent

High Court confirms that an artificial intelligence system can not be named as an inventor of a patent.

News Nov 11, 2022

Griffith Hack’s Edith Hamilton joins speaker line-up at IPBC Australasia 2022

Griffith Hack will have a strong presence at IPBC Australasia 2022 with special counsel Edith Hamilton joining the event’s line-up of speakers.

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Publications Nov 09, 2022

Are you patent ready? IP guidance for life sciences researchers

Whether you are an academic or industry-based researcher, the question is the same: when is the right time to file a patent application?

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Publications Nov 08, 2022

New unfair contract term laws in Australia introduce large financial penalties

Significant changes to the unfair contract term provisions in the Australian Consumer Law, including potential financial penalties, will soon apply.

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Publications Nov 01, 2022

Making your mark: Protect your product with patent marking 

We explore the concept of patent marking, the real meaning of patent pending, and when you as an inventor or product owner should mark your product.

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News Sep 26, 2022

Griffith Hack sponsors Fragment-Based Drug Discovery Down Under Conference 2022

Griffith Hack is proud to sponsor the 2022 edition of the Fragment-Based Drug Discovery Down Under Conference.

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Publications Sep 09, 2022

The show must not go on: copyright infringement halts unauthorised production of Hamilton

The halting of an unauthorised production of the hit musical Hamilton by a Texas-based church has highlighted the risks involved in copyright infringement – as well the infringement of moral rights.

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Publications Sep 02, 2022

Don’t lose your IP rights through company deregistration

Gavin Adkins and Emma Mitchell explain why it is so important to transfer the ownership of a company’s IP rights before deregistration.

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Publications Aug 30, 2022

Major changes to unfair contract term laws in Australia are still in play

Draft legislation to strengthen the existing unfair contract term protections in the Australian Consumer Law was recently released.

Publications Aug 18, 2022

Soft decision on computer-implemented inventions

Dr Simone Shu-Yen Lee and Tom Hamilton-Gilligan provide early insights into the High Court’s decision of Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited v Commissioner of Patents [2020] FCA 778 (5 June 2020).

Insights Aug 10, 2022

Karen Sinclair talks synthetic biology on the From Idea to Intellectual Property podcast

Karen Sinclair joins host Lisa Leong on the From Idea to Intellectual Property podcast series to discuss the emerging trends and key issues in the area of synthetic biology.

News Jul 28, 2022

Vale Tony Ward

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Tony Ward – a past principal and chairman of Griffith Hack, inspiring colleague, and valued friend.

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Insights Jul 01, 2022

Griffith Hack announces the promotion of five team members

Griffith Hack is proud to announce the promotion of five members of our team, including the elevation of Jennifer Wyndham-Wheeler to principal.

Publications Jun 01, 2022

Spotlight Series: Regenerative Medicine – Part 2

Welcome to the second article of our Spotlight Series on one of the most exciting frontiers of scientific research and innovation, regenerative medicine.

News May 18, 2022

Kellie Stonier, Gavin Adkins recognised in Doyle’s Guide 2022

Griffith Hack has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide 2022 across multiple categories, with principals Kellie Stonier and Gavin Adkins receiving individual accolades.

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News May 10, 2022

Amanda Stark named Patent Stars for 2022 by Managing IP

Griffith Hack principal Amanda Stark has been named as a Patent Star in the IP STARS 2022 rankings by Managing IP.

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News Apr 28, 2022

Griffith Hack lawyers named in Best Lawyers Australia 2023 guide

Griffith Hack is proud to announce that three members of our Law team have been named in the Best Lawyers Australia guide for 2023.

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News Apr 26, 2022

Griffith Hack celebrates World IP Day 2022

World Intellectual Property Day is being celebrated across the globe today, with this year’s theme shining a spotlight on IP and youth and how we can innovate for a better future.

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News Apr 19, 2022

Griffith Hack attending INTA 2022 in Washington D.C.

Griffith Hack will be attending INTA 2022 in Washington D.C from 30 April – 4 May.

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Publications Apr 13, 2022

Reversal of fortune – Full Court decides that an artificial intelligence is not an “inventor”

Anthony Selleck reviews the decision in Commissioner of Patents v Thaler [2022] FCAFC 62 which reverses an earlier ruling that artificial intelligence can be an “inventor” for the purposes of the Australian Patents Act 1990.

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Publications Apr 08, 2022

AI and Digital Capability Centre Grants: What you need to know before applying

Applications are now open for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Digital Capability Centre Grants of up to $11 million. Here’s what you need to know before applying.

Publications Apr 06, 2022

Changes to how influencers can promote therapeutic goods in Australia

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has set out new guidelines that govern how influencers can promote products on social media in return for payment or free products or services from brands.

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Publications Mar 30, 2022

Federal Budget 2022: What’s in it to accelerate Australia’s innovation agenda?

We discuss the key measures in Australia’s 2022-23 federal budget that could help drive innovation, research commercialisation and business growth.

Publications Mar 24, 2022

The mother of all trade mark fights: Energy Beverages knocked out of the coffee arena

A series of trade marks disputes over coffee products provides important learnings for businesses looking to register trade marks for consumer goods and services.

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Publications Mar 23, 2022

.au domain name extension launches: what you need to know

From 24 March 2022 it will be possible to register domain names with .au as the extension.

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Publications Mar 18, 2022

Changes to Australian Registered Designs: what you need to know

Changes to Australia’s Designs Act 2003 came into effect in early March 2022 – so what do designers need to be aware of?

Publications Mar 07, 2022

From idea to inception and beyond: Important learnings from female biotech founders

Female biotech founders took centre-stage at AusBiotech 2021 with the leaders of some of Australia’s most innovative start-ups coming together to discuss their experiences in the commercial scientific world.

News Mar 04, 2022

Griffith Hack recognised in WTR 1000 rankings for 2022

Griffith Hack has been ranked in the Silver category for Trade Mark Prosecution and in Bronze for Enforcement and Litigation in the WTR 1000 rankings.

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Publications Mar 04, 2022

Saving grace: Options if you disclose your invention without a patent application 

Publicly disclosing new technology before a patent application has been filed can jeopardise patent coverage – but there are options available to you in the event of disclosure.

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News Mar 03, 2022

Griffith Hack to take the stage at Melbourne Design Week 2022

Griffith Hack will be hosting two online events as part of Melbourne Design Week 2022.

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Publications Mar 02, 2022

Virus filtration patent gets clean bill of health

In a recent decision of the Australian Patent Office, a patent application directed to a membrane for filtering biological products was upheld following opposition.

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News Feb 18, 2022

Daniel Hsieh registers as patent attorney in Australia and New Zealand

Griffith Hack is pleased to announce that Daniel Hsieh is now a registered patent attorney in Australia and New Zealand.

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Publications Feb 10, 2022

Awkward first dates:
How is patent term extension calculated when a patent covers more than one pharmaceutical substance with regulatory approval?

Bayer Pharma Aktiengesellschaft [2022] APO

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Publications Jan 28, 2022

Extending the 12-month grace period for filing patent applications – what you need to know

Can the 12-month grace period for filing your patent application be extended? Yes, it can – but subject to the facts.

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News Jan 18, 2022

Derek Baigent, Griffith Hack team recognised in The Legal 500 rankings for 2022

Griffith Hack principal Derek Baigent has been recognised as one of Australia’s leaders in intellectual property in The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific guide for 2022.

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Resources & guides Dec 09, 2021

The CleanTech Industry in Victoria and Australia: Download our report

Insights on the funding that sectors including renewable energy, recycling, biofuels and green chemistry receive in Victoria and Australia.

Publications Nov 19, 2021

Your Australian patent application has been opposed – what next?

Australia’s pre‑grant opposition proceedings are playing a more significant role in the strategies of patentees and challengers. So what should a patent owner do when faced with an opposition in Australia?

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Publications Oct 27, 2021

Why are embryonic stem cells not able to be patented in Australia?

Despite not being specifically excluded under s18 of the Australian Patents Act, technology utilising embryonic stem cells is not able to be patented in Australia. Why is this so?

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Publications Oct 22, 2021

Recent progress in psychedelic therapies

With increasing awareness of the prevalence of mental ill-health in society, we analyse promising psychedelic therapies that have not yet entered mainstream.

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Publications Oct 20, 2021

Spotlight Series: Regenerative Medicine – Part 1

The first in a five-part series on one of the most exciting frontiers of scientific research and innovation, regenerative medicine.

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Publications Oct 15, 2021

Innovation patents: options for challenging problematic cases

What are your options if you identify an innovation patent that affects your freedom to operate?

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News Oct 14, 2021

Amanda Stark wins Lexology Client Choice Award for IP Patent Attorneys

Amanda Stark has received the Client Choice Award for patent attorneys and IP agents at the 2021 Lexology Client Choice Awards.

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Publications Oct 07, 2021

Design law reform: Australia agrees in principle to join Hague Agreement on Industrial Designs

Australia has agreed to join the Hague Agreement on Industrial Designs, so what does this mean for Australian designers.

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Publications Sep 10, 2021

It’s happening: Designs law changes to take effect in Australia

The Designs Amendment Bill 2020 has passed through Parliament ushering in a wave of reform in Australia.

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Publications Aug 26, 2021

Patent drafting conventions fall foul of Australian Courts

In a recent opposition appeal decision of the Federal Court of Australia, an Australian patent application by Nalco Company was found invalid for lack of support and lack of clear enough and complete enough disclosure.

Vaccines
Publications Aug 20, 2021

Revisiting how early is earliest? Further developments in Australian patent term extension law

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v Sandoz Pty Ltd [2021] FCA 947

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Publications Aug 18, 2021

Expert evidence keeps RAFT buoyant in strawman patent opposition

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) v Cytec Industries Inc. [2021] APO 27

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Publications Aug 05, 2021

A comeback for Australian patent oppositions

With Australia’s innovation patent system set to end later this month, pre-grant opposition proceedings will likely play a significant role in the strategies of challengers.

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Publications Aug 04, 2021

Draft roadmap for Australian regenerative medicine released for comment

AusBiotech has released a draft strategic roadmap for a new regenerative medicine Catalyst.

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Publications Jul 02, 2021

Guidance on patenting diagnostics in Australia: Ariosa Diagnostics v Sequenom

Federal Court confirms that a non-invasive diagnostic test for prenatal conditions is patentable subject matter in Australia.

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Publications Jun 18, 2021

How the proposed patent box scheme could benefit Australian industry

Principal Karen Sinclair discusses the Australian Government’s proposed patent box scheme and what needs to be considered to ensure successful implementation.

News Jun 17, 2021

Griffith Hack maintains top tier status in IP STARS 2021 rankings

Griffith Hack has maintained its status as an industry leader in patent prosecution, receiving tier one status in the IP Stars 2021 rankings. Principals Janelle Borham and Amanda Stark were both recognised individually as Patent Stars.

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Publications Jun 16, 2021

How early is earliest? Developments in Australian patent term extension law

Malcolm Lyons looks at the decision in Ono Pharmaceutical Co, Ltd v Commissioner of Patents which has provided long needed clarity on requests for patent term extension.

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Publications Jun 04, 2021

The fine line between IP licence agreements and franchise agreements

Freedom Foods Pty Ltd v Blue Diamond Growers offers important lessons and guidance for all drafters of IP licence agreements.

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Publications May 26, 2021

The end is near for Australia’s innovation patent system: What you need to know

Australia’s innovation patent system is ending soon, but, there’s still time to take advantage of the system – you just need to act soon.

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Publications May 12, 2021

Australia’s Federal Budget 2021: Key takeaways and opportunities

Investment in tech, research and innovation highlights value of IP protection

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Publications Apr 22, 2021

UPDATE: Confidentiality notices at the end of emails are not (completely) pointless

Nearly three years ago, we reported on a decision of the Australian Designs Office that suggested that the automatically generated ‘Confidentiality Notice’ in the footer to your email may not always be effective.

Publications Feb 19, 2021

The rise of trade secret protections internationally and what it might mean for Australia

There have been several significant developments internationally in trade secret protections in recent years that have arguably increased the risks of misappropriation of trade secrets.

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Publications Feb 18, 2021

Australian domain name rule change for trade mark owners

New rules governing the eligibility of registering .au domain names come into effect soon, affecting domain name holders who rely on an Australian trade mark to hold a .au domain name.

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News Feb 18, 2021

Griffith Hack principals recognised as WIPR Leaders 2021

Seven Griffith Hack principals have been individually recognised in this years’ World Intellectual Property Review Leaders Guide.

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Publications Feb 01, 2021

Positioning with purpose: A Managing Director’s journey from ‘ground’ to ‘growth’

In a candid conversation with Griffith Hack’s Karen Sinclair during AusBiotech’s 2020 INVEST conference, Paul Brennan speaks about PolyNovo’s rise to prominence.

News Jan 21, 2021

Griffith Hack partners with Young People in Nursing Homes National Alliance

Griffith Hack is proud to offer Intellectual property services to the Young People in Nursing Homes National Alliance.

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Publications Dec 21, 2020

Wine export label directory a win for Australian wine brand owners

A new wine export label directory to help Australian wine producers protect their intellectual property rights is expected to commence in April 2021.

News Dec 18, 2020

Griffith Hack announces new principal appointments

Griffith Hack is proud to formally announce the elevation of two high-achievers to the position of Principal.

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Publications Dec 10, 2020

What are the rules around software patents?

Software and patents have always had a difficult relationship with different rules in different jurisdictions creating uncertainty for innovators wanting to know if their key innovations can be secured or whether the market is a free-for-all against competitors.

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Publications Dec 07, 2020

Australian government rediscovers R&D value amid COVID-19 crisis

With two quarters of consecutive GDP contraction due to coronavirus-related shutdowns, Australia is now poised to face economic challenges not experienced since 1991.

News Dec 02, 2020

Griffith Hack professionals recognised as MIP Rising Stars

Griffith Hack is thrilled to celebrate the inclusion of several individuals in Managing Intellectual Property’s Rising Star Awards.

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Publications Dec 01, 2020

Thirteen – unlucky for some: Support and sufficiency in Australia following MSD v Wyeth

The MSD v Wyeth judgment demonstrates the more exacting standard now required for the level of disclosure in patent specifications. It also cements the shift in Australia towards alignment with UK and European requirements.

News Dec 01, 2020

David Hughes wins 2020 Lawyers Weekly Intellectual Property Partner of the Year

Pincipal David Hughes has been recognised as the Intellectual Property Partner of the Year at the 2020 Lawyers Weekly Awards. 

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Publications Nov 19, 2020

Designs: It’s all in the bag

Creative industries like design and fashion are built on intellectual property, so making informed decisions about IP early-on maximises commercial opportunities and helps drive a proactive strategy.

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Publications Nov 18, 2020

Ono: Broader is not always better

Why is patent term extension is so important to companies developing and commercialising new pharmaceutical substances?

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Publications Oct 29, 2020

PBR milestone: 10,000th application

IP Australia announced yesterday that the 10,000th application for plant breeder’s rights (PBR) has been filed in Australia. 

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Publications Oct 20, 2020

Protecting your digital health

Track and trace smartphone applications used in the fight against COVID 19 are representative of a relatively new industry falling between the healthcare, IT, medical devices and pharmaceutical sector. 

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Publications Oct 19, 2020

Owning COVID-19: Would if you could?

f the Earth’s biome, viruses are part of its biodiversity, but has consideration been given as to whether anyone can ‘own’ or should benefit from COVID-19? 

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Publications Oct 09, 2020

Iron Chef cooks-up trade mark opposition

Griffith Hack trade mark specialists are serving up their thoughts on recent food and beverage trade mark disputes. 

News Sep 11, 2020

IP Australia fee changes commencing 1 October 2020

IP Australia is set to implement changes to its schedule of fees, with most of the changes taking effect from 1 October 2020.

News Sep 02, 2020

Principal David Hughes recognised in IAM’s Strategy 300 2020

Principal David Hughes has received recognition as one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists in this year’s IAM 300.

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Publications Sep 02, 2020

Certification Trade Marks: the buzz and battle over ‘Mānuka’ honey

Given the increasing popularity, demand and associated price tag of Mānuka honey, it is unsurprising that New Zealand’s Mānuka honey industry is fiercely protective of the commodity.

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Publications Aug 17, 2020

Unproven hypotheses in clinical trials can be novelty-destroying

We review the decision in Mylan Health Pty Ltd v Sun Pharma ANZ Pty Ltd which may have far-reaching implications for pharmaceutical patent holders or applicants in Australia.

Publications Aug 11, 2020

Special tweetment: Who owns the IP for social media content?

Social media content creators rarely consider the rights they maintain over uploaded content – we take a look at what they need to know.

News Jul 13, 2020

Griffith Hack announces the elevation of five team members

Griffith Hack is thrilled to formally announce the elevation of five high-performing team members effective as of July 1, 2020.

News Jul 02, 2020

Melbourne Accelerator Program gives founders velocity boost

News Jun 23, 2020

Griffith Hack recognised in IAM Patent 1000

Griffith Hack has once again been recognised at both the firm and individual practitioner level in IAM’s Patent 1000.

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Publications Jun 18, 2020

Pharmacoeconomics and patent practice in Australia

While Australia remains an attractive destination for patentees, a careful patent strategy is required to negotiate its complex regulatory, demographic and socioeconomic environment.

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Publications Apr 29, 2020

Sanofi avoid $325M damages claim by Australia’s Commonwealth Government

In a significant decision for the pharmaceutical industry, Justice Nicholas dismissed the Commonwealth of Australia’s compensation claim from Sanofi.

News Apr 14, 2020

Kellie Stonier named among leading IP Lawyers in Queensland

Kellie Stonier has been recognised as a leading lawyer for the 4th consecutive year by Doyle’s Guide 2020.

News Apr 06, 2020

Griffith Hack recognised in Doyle’s Guide 2020

Griffith Hack has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide 2020 in both firm and individual categories, with Derek Baigent and Kellie Stonier honoured.

News Feb 20, 2020

Griffith Hack recognised in World Trademark Review’s 1000 Guide

Griffith Hack has been recognised in World Trademark Review’s 1000 guide for trade mark prosecution and strategy.

News Feb 07, 2020

Griffith Hack announces the elevation of two team members to principal

Griffith Hack is thrilled to formally announce the elevation of Gavin Adkins and Robyn Heard to principal.

News Jan 29, 2020

Griffith Hack ranked in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 Guide

The recently released Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide for 2020 reconfirms Griffith Hack’s position as Australia’s highest ranked specialist IP firm.

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Publications Jan 21, 2020

Dior and the protection of Indigenous Knowledge in Australia’s IP system

We discuss some of the issues surrounding interactions between Indigenous Knowledge and Intellectual Property systems.

Publications Jan 17, 2020

Trade mark protection shake up for Myanmar

A new legal framework in Myanmar has been announced for trade mark registration and protection, impacting upon both foreign and domestic trade mark owners.

News Nov 29, 2019

Watermark to integrate into Griffith Hack to create one combined Australian IP firm

We are pleased to announce that, from April 2020, Australian IP services business, Watermark, will integrate into Griffith Hack to create one combined firm operating under the Griffith Hack brand.

Publications Mar 04, 2019

Simple steps to better IP portfolio management

Continuous portfolio management is a crucial plank of best practice intellectual asset management.

Publications Oct 02, 2018

Sponsorship deals: Risks and rewards

When things go well, sponsorships and endorsements can be mutually beneficial, and the names go hand-in-hand. But it’s not all smooth sailing, as associating your brand with a celebrity, organisation or event can be a risky affair.

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Publications Jul 17, 2018

CRISPR-Cas9 Update: Collision of Trends in IP and Life Sciences

CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing may not just be the greatest scientific breakthrough of this century, but also provides many lessons on patenting life science technologies.