Mr. Peter Franke, President of AIPPI Australia and Principal of Frankehyland Patent &Trademark Firm based on Sydney in Australia visited ACPAA and gave a lecture on Australian Design and Patent Law on 16,October, 2012. Mr. Perry Wu Yang, president of ACPAA，attended this lecture and acted as host. About 40 patent attorneys participated in this lecture.
According to Mr. Peter, Australia and China keep good terms with each other for a long history in the field of trade, economy, and intellectual property field as well. Different from China, Australia currently implement Australian Design Act 2003, which shares many similarities with regulations about Design system of China in definition, characteristics, procedure of filing application and the ways of litigation to settle the disputes with the help of jurisdiction. As for difference, competent department of Australian Patent Office will substantively examine all the patent application for Design, while it is not necessarily the case in China, therefore, the examination period for examining applications for China is relatively shorter in China.
Mr. Peter gave a detailed introduction to patent system in Australia, in which there are four kinds of patent: provisional patent, standard patent innovation and supplemental patent. Then Mr. Peter elaborated requirements about patent examination and tips on preparing for patent applications in Australia.
Mr. Peter’s lecture introduced recent development of Australian Design and Patent Law, which is great help for domestic patent attorneys in dealing with foreign-related patent application.