Category Archive for: ‘Patents’
On Tuesday 25 January 2011, a bill to reform patent law in the US was introduced into Congress with bipartisan support. The reform bill aims to simplify the patent application process, improve patent quality and keep the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) independently funded. It marks the fourth consecutive time the Senate has attempted to implement patent reform.
Google has agreed to use its technology to translate patents in Europe into 29 languages. It is hoped that this deal with the European Patent Office (EPO) will also assist in establishing a common European patent.
The liver-protecting, heart-strengthening, immune-boosting and circulation-pumping qualities of exotic flora and fauna are these days common claims being made by cosmetics giants across the world. The latest plug is in favour of the Kakadu plum, native to Australia. The Texan cosmetics company, Mary Kay Inc, claims that the combination of extracts from the Kakadu plum and the acai berry produce “synergistic effects” that benefit the skin, due primarily to the high concentration of vitamin C in the plum extract.
On 24 November 2010, the Patent Amendment (Human Genes and Biological Materials) Bill 2010 was introduced in the Senate. This private Senator’s bill proposes to, among other things, expressly exclude “human beings, and the biological processes for their generation” and “biological materials” (which are defined to include DNA, RNA and proteins) from patentability. The text of the bill can be found here.
Too little too late: CSL Limited v Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd (No 2) and the judicial discretion to amend a patent
CSL Limited and Monash University, the applicants, are the proprietors of an Australian patent in respect of an invention for a stabilised growth hormone and a method of preparation thereof. The applicants issued infringement proceedings against Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd and other members of the Novo Nordisk group. The respondents cross-claimed for a declaration of invalidity and patent revocation on the grounds that it lacked an inventive step and that the invention was not novel.
Amazon.com has won an important stage in a twelve-year battle in Canada over the patentability of its invention entitled “Method and System For Placing A Purchase Order Via A Communication Network”, which simplifies internet shopping by allowing consumers to buy things with a “single click” rather than having to proceed to a “check-out”. When a consumer visits a website and enters his or her address and payment information, the information is stored in a “cookie”. On the next visit to the website, the “server” is able to recognise the consumer and r
For those that, like me, like to see things in boxes and arrows, the Guardian Technology Blog has put together a fantastic diagram that summarises the various patent infringement claims that the big players in mobile technology are making against each other.
Following 18 months of extensive consultations on potential reforms of the patent system, IP Australia has recently implemented a number of changes to examination practices intended to improve the quality of examination and the certainty in the validity of granted patent rights. The changes relate to: