Here are the top 10:
- IBM - 3,127
- Samsung - 2,723
- Canon - 2,047
- Matsushita Electric - 1,972
- Intel - 1,864
- Toshiba - 1,734
- Microsoft - 1,662
- Micron Technology - 1,484
- Hewlett Packard - 1,470
- Sony Corp. - 1,454
"On this day when IP and innovation is being celebrated across the world, let’s be proud of what Australia has contributed to the global pool of innovation, but let’s also look forward.
"I urge all Australians to think about this country and how we can do things better via innovation – remember, every new product started as someone’s good idea."
Some examples of errors or omissions presented in extension of time applications are:
The circumstance provision is essentially a "force majeure" provision. Delays by post and courier constitute the major source of extensions under this category. Anticipation of a Court judgement has been held to be a circumstance beyond a person's control. However, lack of funds is not considered to be a circumstance beyond a person's control.
Drop me an email if you've missed a deadline. Just remember, you need to apply as soon as you realize the deadline is missed. An undue delay could be grounds for a refusal. You can file the evidence in support of the application later on.
For us practitioners, it is financially heartening to see the ongoing growth in the number of PCT applications being filed every year throughout the world. The reason is that each International Patent Application can eventually be converted into an Australian patent application.
However, for innovative Australian companies, the view is not that rosy.
Indeed, as can be seen on page 3 of the review, our growth was a dismal minus 0.3% in 2006. That's in stark contrast to Korea with plus 26.6% and China with plus 56.5%.
When a company files an International Patent Application, it has the option, some 18 months later, to extend the application to any member of the PCT. This is already happening and is noticeable in my practice. So, by not keeping up, Australian companies are losing out on the option to carve out a piece of Intellectual Property real estate in their own country.
According to a recent review released by the government, it is committed to building a strong national innovation system. I can only hope that commitment extends to rejuvenating an interest in patent applications. We are great importers of manufactured goods from countries like Korea and China with ore being perhaps our only significant export.
Locally-sourced foreign patent applications are an excellent way of exporting our valuable assets without damage to the environment.
Let's not fiddle while our Intellectual Property resources are wasted.