Patent filing trends signal boom in low emissions technologies

By Rebekah Gay, Emma Iles, Andrew Wells, Natasha Daniell, Catherine Chan Filings – the current landscape IP Australia has recently released its patent analysis of low emission technologies (LET), based on patent filings for the period 2015 – 2020 (see report here). The data serves to ‘identify holdings of specific expertise, helping to analyse the … Read more

Patents in hydrogen on the up – a prediction of things to come?

Governments and companies alike are striving towards a net-zero emissions future and implementing new technologies to help them get there. Hydrogen has emerged as a promising technology in the path to the clean energy transition, leading governments to recently announce ambitious hydrogen targets and projects. Read more

High Court gamble does not pay out for computer-implemented inventions in Australia

By Sue Gilchrist, Aaron Hayward and Byron Turner Even the High Court of Australia has found the question of patentability of computer-implemented inventions challenging. As a result of an equally divided opinion, an appeal from a decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia,[1] which found that Aristocrat’s patent claims to electronic … Read more

The IP in NFTs – Strategies for protecting your brands and products in the metaverse

The creation ("minting") and sale and use of NFTs raises many IP issues which we have discussed in our previous posts in our IP in NFTs series. However, brand owners and product manufacturers must also be vigilant in monitoring the virtual marketplaces to ensure that third parties are not creating NFTs that infringe their own IP rights.  This is especially true where the company is considering releasing or has released NFTs, because the public will begin to associate the brand with NFTs (which could include infringing NFTs).  There are several strategies that companies could adopt to minimise this risk. Read more