In The U.S.

Due to a very favourable chain of events which I can only liken to divine intervention, I find myself in the U.S. right now.  I flew to the U.S. from New Zealand a little over a week ago.  I will be attending the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) annual meeting this week in the Washington, D.C. area.  Please feel free to reach out if you happen to see me.  I will be in the U.S. until 24 November, when I fly to London for a few days enroute back to New Zealand.

New Name, Same Professional Service

We are pleased to announce our re-branding as Southern Cross Intellectual Property (SCIP).  Our name was intentionally chosen to represent something well-known to many in the Australian/New Zealand region, which is the Southern Cross star constellation.  This constellation has been used to guide many to safety across uncertain waters, and we feel it represents what we would like to do for our clients; guide them through the at times unp

Time to re-connect

It has been a difficult 15 months for many around the world. Last month, a “travel bubble” opened between Australia and New Zealand. I have been living in New Zealand where my kids reside for awhile when the COVID curtain came down in March 2020, severely limiting international travel, including my once-regular travel to Australia. 

How I beat the toughest patent examiner at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

As most practitioners in the software area know, it can be a challenge obtaining patent protection for a computer-implemented invention.  However, there are some practices that can greatly enhance your chances of eventually succeeding.  Below are a few things I learned while successfully prosecuting a patent application in statistically the most difficult examination unit, AU3689, and against the statistically most difficult patent examiner in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) according to several subscription-based software services.