Category Archive for: ‘Patents’

Extension of time provisions in the Patents Act cannot prevent “the Sword of Damocles” from falling

The Full Federal Court in Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Inc v Commissioner of Patents [2015] FCAFC 29 clarified that section 223(2) of the Patents Act, which allows the Commissioner of Patents to grant an extension of time to complete a required act, cannot be used to delay the effects of the commencement of legislative amendments. Specifically, the Court found that section 223 …

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More lessons on patent amendment

6 years after our “Lessons about patent amendment” post the Federal Court has handed down another decision in the same proceeding (Apotex v Les Laboratories Servier (No 4) [2015] FCA) about amending a patent under s 105 of the Patents Act. The patent at the centre of these proceedings relates to Servier’s blood pressure medication, perindopril. This time the Court …

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Court rejects ACCC claim against Pfizer

The Federal Court has today dismissed a case brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) against Pfizer Australia for alleged misuse of market power and exclusive dealing. The case arose from Pfizer’s sale of its own generic artorvastatin (Lipitor) product to pharmacies. Pfizer’s patent which prevented generic entry into the artorvastatin market expired in May 2012. Prior to patent expiry, Pfizer’s …

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High Court grants Application for Special Leave to Appeal in Myriad Genetics

The High Court has granted Cancer Voices’ application for special leave to appeal a Full Federal Court finding that Myriad’s patent relating to the BRCA1 gene is patentable.

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Licensees beware – are you exclusive?

The Full Federal Court confirmed last week in BMS v Apotex that where a patent licence reserves some rights to be exercised by the licensor, the licensee will not have standing to sue and claim damages as an “exclusive licensee”. Importantly, in infringement proceedings, a patentee can only claim damages for damage suffered by itself or an exclusive licensee. In …

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2014 in review: the top three Australian developments in patents, trade marks and copyright

As the year reaches its close, we take a look back at the key Australian developments in intellectual property in 2014, including in patents, trade marks and copyright. Top 3 trade mark developments Cantarella Bros v Modena Trading [2014] HCA 48 A High Court decision on trade marks is always going to be at the top of the top three …

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Preliminary discovery and arbitration

Ordinarily, an arbitral tribunal does not have power to order preliminary discovery of documents that would allow a prospective plaintiff to evaluate whether or not sufficient evidence exists to commence a claim. This was one of the findings of the Supreme Court of NSW in a recent case in which a company suspected that a number of its former senior managers and consultants had misused the company’s confidential information or infringed its IP rights.

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Is your computer-implemented business method patentable? The Full Federal Court dismisses Research Affiliates’ appeal

A unanimous Full Federal Court has held that a computer implemented method of creating an investment index is not patentable, on the basis that the substance of the claimed invention – an abstract idea or scheme – is itself not patentable subject matter and just because the claimed invention could be implemented using a computer does not make it patentable. …

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Unanimous Full Court dismisses Research Affiliates’ appeal

In a decision handed down this afternoon, the Full Court has unanimously dismissed an appeal by Research Affiliates LLC from a decision of Justice Emmett in 2013 (summary here). The Full Court affirmed Justice Emmett’s decision that the claimed invention of two patent applications, in the name of Research Affiliates, is not a manner of manufacture as required by the …

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