POF proudly recognised as a DCA Inclusive Employer (2021 – 2022)

POF is pleased to be recognised as an Inclusive Employer for 2021 – 2022 in the Diversity Council of Australia (DCA)’s latest Member Index. We are the first Intellectual Property firm to have been awarded this status since the DCA began the Index in 2017. The DCA surveyed 53 members covering 23,812 employees as part …
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POF proudly supports a magnificent Movember 2021

We are proud this month to raise awareness and funds for Movember – the leading charity changing the face of men’s health on a global scale. This important cause focuses on men’s mental health, suicide prevention, and prostate and testicular cancer, with the aim of reducing the number of men dying prematurely by 25% by 2030.  To support this cause, POF raised awareness and …
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Can an AI System be Classified an Inventor – a Comparison of the Australian, US and UK Perspectives

Following the decision in Thaler v Commissioner of Patents that an AI system DABUS can be named an inventor for a patent application, it would appear that Australia is one of only two countries where this has been deemed allowable, the other being South Africa. The rationale for such a position in Australia can be contrasted …
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POF gets loud for Loud Shirt Day 2021

It’s time to get LOUD! Today we are celebrating Loud Shirt Day – which aims to raise awareness and vital funds to ensure children with hearing loss continue to receive crucial intervention to help meet their goals. To help raise awareness, we were delighted to be joined by Bronwyn Skafte from NextSense – a not-for-profit …
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POF practitioners recognised as Rising Stars – MIP IP Stars Awards 2021

We are very pleased to announce that Senior Associates Michelle Blythe, Helen McFadzean, and Dr Annabella Newton have once again been recognised as Rising Stars in the IP Stars awards.  Each year research analysts receive and analyse information on law firms and practitioners that provide IP services. Traditionally, the individual listings in IP Stars feature senior …
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Further consolidation of Australia’s IP landscape

8 September 2021 marked a significant event in the Australian patent and trademark attorney profession, with the announcement of the imminent integration of Shelston IP into Spruson & Ferguson. The Shelston brand – one of Australia’s oldest – will be retired. Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick remains a privately owned business, even after being in operation for …
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