A recent study by IP blogger Mark Summerfield discussed the winners and losers as far as Australian patent filings are concerned, and there is a clear indication that more businesses are engaging smaller independent boutique IP firms than ever before. In some cases, Australia’s largest publicly-traded firms have seen drops in the range of 5% to 10% over previous years, while smaller firms have seen increased filing numbers. In this article, we look at some of the reasons for the change of filing patterns in Australia.

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