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In reference to the patent: EP1195548A2

  • Could you clarify what you mean by "valid?" Are you wondering if it has expired? Or if the application (which has since become a patent) is from Australia or the United States? – Matthew Haugen Feb 11 '15 at 0:57
  • Hi Matthew, thank you for your prompt response. I am trying to ascertain if this product has had either an application made , or a patent is current in USA or Australia. Regards Adam – Adam Feb 11 '15 at 1:15
  • The application number (which was eventually granted) is for the European Union, and from what I see, it never touched the United States or Australia, as a patent at least. – Matthew Haugen Feb 11 '15 at 1:18
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Patents are territorial rights and European patent will have no effect on US and Australia. Now based on patent family it can be said that no equivalent patent was filed in US or AU.

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