Author Archive for: ‘vetran’

Manner of manufacture and software-based inventions: What does it mean for an invention to involve “an improvement in the computer”?

Whether inventions relating to the use of a computer are patentable according to the ‘manner of manufacture’ test has for many years been unclear in Australia.  This uncertainty, together with inconsistencies in how the law has been applied by the courts and the Australian Patent Office (APO), were just some of the contentious issues recently considered by a full bench of five judges from the Federal Court in Encompass Corporation Pty Ltd v InfoTrack Pty Ltd (NSD 734/2018)

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United States Court of Appeals upholds PTAB decision on CRISPR Patent Interference

The interference action between the University of California (UC) and Broad Institute (Broad) has seemingly come to an end, with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Court (CAFC) affirming that the patent claims that had been granted to Broad in relation to its CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing patents are separately patentable from the claims of a patent application made by UC.

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Digital health receives funding boost from Federal Government

Australia’s digital health sector received a major boost in April this year when the Federal Government announced a $55 million cash injection to launch the new Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and its programs which will bring together a consortium of more than 60 health, medical technology and pharmaceutical companies, universities and research institutes operating across the health, aged …

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Australian Plant Breeders’ Rights to be significantly strengthened

The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Bill 2018 seeks to introduce yet further changes aimed at improving Australia’s intellectual property laws.  The proposed amendments to the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act, 1994 cover many key aspects of Australia’s plant breeders’ rights regime and are expected to have a significant impact on the agricultural sector.  For …

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The final word and ‘smoking gun’ documents – ACCC v Pfizer

For those readers interested in the issues surrounding competitive moves by pharmaceutical companies in the scenario where a key patent comes to an end, we report on the recent decision of the Full Federal Court in the ACCC v Pfizer matter here: ACCC v Pfizer – KWM News & Insights

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Is the cure in your DNA? – The rise of biopharmaceuticals and pharmacogenomics-led therapy

15 years has passed since the Human Genome Project, involving the identification and mapping of all the genes of the human genome, was declared complete. Work on the project (which formally started in 1990 and spanned 15 years) involved international collaboration between scores of scientific researchers and funding of ~US$3 billion. As one of the world’s greatest collective scientific endeavours, …

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Biotech Insights: 2018 industry snapshot and key trends

With the latest Scientific American, Worldwide Scorecard ranking Australia in the top five bio-economies globally, Australia’s biotechnology and life sciences sector continues to show healthy performance for the fifth consecutive year.  Despite the challenges of the global economy, there has been generally positive sentiment from an industry that is expected to continue growing, reaching close to $8B in revenue over …

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