On this page you will find information about the blog, the editor and author, and our moderation policy.

About the Patentology Blog

The 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/Editor

Dr Mark Summerfield (View Mark's profile on LinkedIn) 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.

Comments and Moderation Policy

Patentology welcomes your comments on any topic appearing on the blog.

We have adopted the DISQUS comment system and moderation tools, which enable us to require pre-moderation of comments containing certain "restricted words" and/or comments containing links while allowing other comments to be posted immediately.  We can also blacklist abusive users by email address, DISQUS username, or IP address. 

We reserve the right to use the moderation tools, and to delete comments if necessary, in order to ensure that all discussion remains professional in tone, respectful, and appropriately on-topic.

We do not wish to intervene unnecessarily, and all comments and opinions that do not offend the following criteria are welcome:

  1. language that any reasonable person would consider abusive, obscene, indecent or offensive;
  2. statements that are defamatory, abusive, harassing or hateful, towards other participants in the discussion, or any other individual (whether or not they have a role in public life);
  3. content that clearly infringes the intellectual property or other rights of any individual or corporation (eg copyrights, trade marks, personal privacy);
  4. material that comprises spam, or other commercial content (eg advertising or solicitation for business); or
  5. discussion that is clearly off-topic.
We will never edit the content of your submissions (although we may remove inappropriate or off-topic links as an alternative to blocking or deleting an otherwise reasonable comment).  Comments will either be published exactly as submitted, or rejected/deleted according to one (or more) of the five criteria above.

The Boring Legal Stuff (General Disclaimer)

The Patentology blog provides information for the interest, education and (occasionally) entertainment of readers.  The opinions and information provided on the blog do not comprise specific legal advice.  Your use of the blog and associated features (including, without limitation, the comments service and 'Ask Patentology' form) does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and any author of blog content, or their employer(s).  The Patentology blog is not intended, and should not be used, as a substitute for competent legal advice from a qualified professional adviser in your jurisdiction.