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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.

News Dec 05, 2022

Sean Kelley to present at World Renewable Energy Congress in Perth

Sean Kelley will join the speaker line-up at the 2022 World Renewable Energy Congress, hosted by Murdoch University in Perth from 4-9 December.

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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 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, Janelle Borham named Patent Stars for 2022 by Managing IP

Griffith Hack principals Amanda Stark and Janelle Borham have been named as Patent Stars 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.

News Feb 18, 2022

Jacqui Thomas, Daniel Hsieh register as patent attorneys in Australia and New Zealand

Griffith Hack is pleased to announce that Jacqui Thomas and Daniel Hsieh are now registered patent attorneys 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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News Dec 22, 2021

Ben Dziekan wins IPTA’s prestigious Edward Waters Prize for 2021

Melbourne-based patent attorney Ben Dziekan has been named co-winner of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia’s prestigious Edwards Waters Prize for 2021.

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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.

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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.

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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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News Jun 11, 2021

Griffith Hack’s Janelle Borham named president of IPTA

Janelle Borham has been named president of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia.

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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.