Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Aug 2011 09:22 UTC
Legal Earlier this week, we were introduced to a new concept in intellectual property law: the European 'Community Design'. The Community Design is a sort of trademark on design, and sits halfway between a trademark and a patent. I decided to investigate what, exactly, the laws and regulations around Community Designs are, and what I found was shocking. Think the USPTO is bad? Wait until you learn about the Community Design.
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the Australian system
by unclefester on Thu 11th Aug 2011 10:54 UTC
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In Australia there is no prior art requirement. We have a first to lodge patent system. Whoever lodges the patent first is the owner even if it was invented 100 years ago. In Australia you initially apply for a patent pending. This protects your idea until the product can be commercialised.

Australian patent applications are examined and lodged by non-government patent attorneys who are experts in both intellectual property law and a specific technical discipline. A patent attorney typically has an advanced degree in science or engineering as well as a law degree.

Most patent attorneys specialise in one discipline such as mechanical engineering or pharmaceuticals.

Edited 2011-08-11 10:55 UTC

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