Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick promotes Helen McFadzean to Principal

We are delighted to announce that Helen McFadzean has been promoted to Principal of the firm, effective 1 July 2022. Managing Principal, Ross McFarlane said “We are delighted that Helen is joining the Partnership. She is a fantastic IP attorney and person, and has a great ability to understand a client’s needs and work collaboratively to achieve the best …
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IDAHOBIT 2022

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is on 17 May.  It celebrates LGBTQIA+ people globally and raises awareness for the work still needed to combat discrimination.  This year’s theme is “Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights”. To acknowledge and support IDAHOBIT day, POF celebrated with a rainbow morning tea including colourful food, …
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Thaler seeks special leave to appeal to the High Court on AI inventorship

As reported earlier, the Full Court recently determined in Commissioner of Patents v Thaler [2022] FCAFC 62 that a device characterized as an artificial intelligence machine cannot be considered an ‘inventor’ within the meaning of the Patents Act 1990. Counsel for Dr Stephen Thaler, the applicant for Australian patent application no. 2019363177 which names an …
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World IP Day 2022 – IP and Youth: Innovating for a Better Future

April 26 marks another World IP Day – and we’re delighted to be taking part in the celebration and recognition of this important day. This year’s theme is “IP and Youth: Innovating for a Better Future”, shifting our collective focus towards our young inventors and innovators. Youths have always been an incredible and largely untapped …
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Full Federal Court says no to AI inventors

In the latest chapter of the DABUS saga, the Full Federal Court of Australia has determined that a device characterized as an artificial intelligence machine cannot be considered to be an ‘inventor’ in Commissioner of Patents v Thaler [2022] FCAFC 62. Background Dr Stephen Thaler is the applicant for Australian patent application no. 2019363177 naming …
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