About the Patentology BlogThe Patentology blog is devoted to issues and developments in patent law and practice, as well as musings and commentary on patent strategy, policy, and related matters that capture our interest.
The blog is written from the perspective of an Australian practitioner, whose clients consist largely of domestic companies and individuals pursuing patent strategies in Australia and overseas, as well as foreign clients seeking to obtain and exploit patent rights in Australia.
Much of the content, therefore, is focused on developments in Australia and New Zealand, with commentary on events in other jurisdictions being of a more "international" flavour.
Patentology endeavours in particular to identify and comment on all significant changes in Australian patent law and Patent Office practice, including relevant decisions of the Federal Court of Australia, and the High Court of Australia.
About the Author/EditorDr Mark Summerfield () is the editor and primary author of the Patentology blog. He is a registered Australian Patent Attorney, who has been in the profession since 2002. Prior to this he worked with two different start-up ventures in the telecommunications space, one of which was developing innovative optical networking technologies, the other design automation software.
In an earlier life, Mark worked in commercial and academic research environments. His PhD was awarded in the field of optical fibre communications technology.
In addition, Mark has himself been an inventor on a number of patent applications.
Mark is a Special Counsel at Watermark Intellectual Asset Management. However, in the absence of any express indication to the contrary, opinions expressed by the author are entirely his own, and do not represent any position of Watermark.
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