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Patents Online Business Newsletter March, 2000 - Volume No. 2 Issue No. 3
AU IP Australia - Patents, Trade Marks & Designs
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US US Patent and Trademark Office
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JP The Japanese Patent Office (JPO)
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DE The German Patent Office
UK The UK Patent Office
CA The Canadian Intellectual Property Office
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FR The National Institute of Intellectual Property
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NZ The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand
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DK The Danish Patent Office

Francis Gurry   Francis Gurry
Assistant Director General of WIPO
Director of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center

Telephone: (41-22) 338 9428
Languages: English and French

Francis Gurry, a national from Australia, holds law degrees from the University of Melbourne and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is Vice President of the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI).

Before joining WIPO in 1985, he practiced as an attorney in Melbourne and Sydney and also taught law at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of a textbook on the law of trade secrets and confidential information, entitled Breach of Confidence, published by Oxford University Press in the United Kingdom in 1984 and re-printed in 1990.

2000 Expo Online - Australian Patents & Inventions

News - Headlines...

  • How to get a European patent - Euro-PCT.
    This part of the guide is aimed at applicants interested in pursuing the international procedure under the PCT and focuses on those elements specific to the procedure before the EPO . It therefore covers the points to note when filing international applications - what are known as Euro-PCT applications - with the EPO
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  • USPTO has decided to publish the complaints concerning Invention Promotion Firms...
    Exercising authority provided by the Inventors' Rights Act of 1999, The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has adopted interim rules of practice to implement the procedures of accepting complaints about invention promoters and making those complaints publicly available. USPTO is providing the public with an opportunity to comment on these new policies before they are made permanent.
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  • Inventor Digs Up Innovative New Garden Tool...
    Entrepreneur Robert Todd, designer of the simple but novel Spork, a cross between a garden fork and spade, is making use of intellectual property rights to ensure that his idea is fully protected. The engineer and former landscape designer's invention is a stainless steel tool which can dig and cut roots as well as a spade, and weed and skim like a fork.

    The Woodstock-based inventor who has sold more than four and a half thousand Sporks since opening his mail order business seven months ago, has applied for a patent, registered two designs and has registered the name as a trade mark Design registration protects the Spork from being copied by competitors for 25 years and potentially increases the value of the product as the design is acknowledged as original. A patent registration will protect the technical and functional aspects of the invention, allowing time for further research if necessary. The ingenuity of the Spork has now been recognised with a Millennium Product Award.
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  • UK Trade Marks Journal - Special Notices, Acceptable Forms of Graphical Representation...
    Guidelines for particular types of mark are intended to clarify the recommended practice for filing three dimensional and colour marks in the light of recent decisions of The Appointed Person.
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  • The Canadian Trade-marks Database...
    The Canadian Trade-marks Database has a new search page. The search criteria has been improved and we can now conduct searches on a type of mark, a status and an action type for a given time frame.
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  • New Practice Concerning Registrability of Trade-Marks Consisting of the Shaping of Wares or their Containers
    The Canadian Trade Marks Office has, in consultation with interested parties, carried out a thorough review of its approach to the handling of applications for the registration of three-dimensional marks and has concluded that it should modify its practice for the handling of trade-marks consisting of the shaping of wares or their containers.
    A more detailed explanation of the practice changes as well as a summary of the overall practice of the Office in relation to three-dimensional marks are set out with its online available DRAFT PRACTICE NOTICE.
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