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Madderns assists South Australian Productivity Commission

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The South Australian Productivity Commission has released an issues paper on Health and Medical Research and Development as part of an inquiry into its impacts on the state’s economy.

Many of our clients are heavily focused on research and development, and we play a role in protecting their interests in South Australia, nationally and overseas.

At the Productivity Commission’s request, Madderns provided assistance on the intellectual property aspects of the inquiry. The discussions related to the trends in research and development and the factors that influence the extent to which it contributes to long term productivity gains and economic growth in South Australia.

The commission has released an issues paper and submissions and responses have now closed. The SAPC is due to publish its draft report shortly.

Further information can be found at https://www.sapc.sa.gov.au/inquiries/inquiries/health-and-medical-research.

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Madderns comes second in legal services blood challenge

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The staff at Madderns who donated blood as part of the Legal Services Blood Challenge in 2020 deserve a pat on the back, after the firm finished second for having the highest number of donors in South Australia.

A team of 10 from Madderns donated blood as part of the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood drive, including two new donors in 2020. Many others supported the team.

Nationally, 983 donations were made during the challenge, saving up to 2,949 lives. Without ambassadors such as Madderns, seriously ill patients would miss out on the life-saving blood treatments they need.

While the Legal Services Challenge has finished for the year, the Red Cross still needs help to encourage anyone who is feeling well to come forward and donate blood, with thousands of donors needed over the coming weeks to prevent a shortage. Each donation can save up to three lives.

There are several donation centres across South Australia, including eight in the city. To find out more, click here https://www.donateblood.com.au/

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Madderns appointed to the panel of preferred providers of IP services to CSIRO

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Madderns will be looking forward to continuing its long association with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), after being appointed to the panel of preferred providers of intellectual property (IP) services.

CSIRO was founded in 1916 as the Advisory Council of Science and Industry. Since then, it has undergone several iterations to become the federally-funded CSIRO. The highly-respected organisation has advanced Australia with a range of inventions and innovations that have also had a significant positive impact on the lives of people worldwide. Some of their inventions include household products and technologies that have become an intrinsic part of our daily lives, such as plastic banknotes and WiFi – yes, we can thank CSIRO for it – and even Aerogard® and Softly®.

CSIRO’s research interests are very broad and Madderns’ appointment to the panel of preferred IP service providers requires the firm to provide services in areas including biological sciences such as biotechnology, genomics and vaccines; chemistry and chemical engineering; electronics and ICT; mechanical engineering; physics; and trade marks.

The appointment recognises that the Madderns team has the technical knowledge, expertise and experience to work with the nation’s top scientists and researchers to protect their IP.

Some info on CSIRO’s history and key innovations can be found at: https://www.csiro.au/en/About/History-achievements

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Madderns ranks in Top 10 Australian IP Firms

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Madderns Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys has been rewarded with a prominent ranking for Patent Prosecution in the IP Stars Patent Firm 2020 survey results, announced this week by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) journal.

The ranking firmly cements Madderns in the Top 10 Australian Patent and Trade Mark Attorney firms. The Patent Prosecution ranking adds to Madderns’ highly commendable ranking for Trade Mark Prosecution, announced earlier this year. This recognition reflects the hard work put in by the Madderns team to serve our clients in Australia and overseas during challenging times.

MIP’s IP Stars is the leading international specialist guide to IP firms and practitioners worldwide. To determine the world’s leading IP firms and practitioners, MIP obtains information from thousands of firms, individual practitioners and their clients through interviews, emails and online surveys. IP Stars covers contentious and non-contentious IP work. The research is conducted by an experienced team of research analysts in offices in Hong Kong, London and New York.

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USPTO launches pilot program fast tracking patent applications related to COVID-19

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The US Patent and Trade Mark Office (USPTO) has launched a pilot program which provides fast tracked/prioritised examination for up to 500 US patent applications covering products or processes which are related to COVID-19 and subject to an applicable FDA approval.

This means that eligible applicants may be able to fast-track USPTO examination of a US non-provisional patent application for a significant cost and time saving. For example, for small entities, the usual USD2,000 official fee for fast-tracking an application is being waived. Current fast-tracked applications are typically examined within around 60-days vs around 18-months for non-fast tracked applications.

A US patent application may be used as a basis for further patent applications in other countries, if filed within certain time limits.

This follows the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) of 13 April 2020 announcing a limited window for waiving certain FDA requirements for face shields for the duration of the EUA.

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