Science Commons Seminar – 28 October, Canberra

Science Commons bannerFor all those people in Canberra who expressed interest in a CC Roadshow in the nation’s capital, you will be happy to know that we have slated a roadshow for early next year. In the mean time, IP Australia and ccAustralia are hosting a Science Commons seminar with John Wilbanks from Science Commons and ccAustralia’s Professor Brian Fitzgerald. Details after the cut.

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Peers, patents, prior art: The launch of Peer-To-Patent Australia

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Did you know that someone has a patent (US Patent 5443036) over using a laser pointer to exercise a cat? Serious. Likewise, The Walt Disney Company has a patent (US Patent 5392735) on a device for talking to dolphins (and perhaps even “whales and porpoises” too)? With approximately 1 million patents being applied for across the world each year the task of examiners especially in assessing new technologies has become increasingly difficult.

A new service in Australia will help sort the patent chaff. Starting this morning, the newly-launched Peer-To-Patent Australia project is designed to improve the process and the quality of issued patents by helping to assess whether an invention is new and inventive. How? With your help!