Archives for: ‘Kim O’Connell’

The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s IP provisions: Biologics and biosimilars, copyright and privacy

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was concluded on 5 October 2015, after 8 years of negotiations. Its twelve signatories, who together account for 40% of world GDP, are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States and Vietnam. The details of the agreement have yet to be released, but a number of drafts of the agreement …

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High Court States the Obvious: AstraZeneca AB v Apotex Pty Ltd Appeal Decided

by Kim O’Connell, Suzy Madar and James Ellsmore In a widely anticipated decision, the High Court has upheld a decision of the Full Federal Court that AstraZeneca’s patent relating to low dosages of rosuvastatin is invalid for want of inventive step. Rosuvastatin is used in the treatment of high cholesterol and is marketed by AstraZeneca as Crestor. The decision will …

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Hackers cause recall of 1.4 million cars

by Kim O’Connell, Amanda Engels and Olivia Goudal As foreshadowed in our post on cyber resilience, available here, data breaches and cybercrime are becoming increasing prevalent. These issues are well illustrated by the recent recall by Fiat Chrysler of 1.4 million cars in the United States. On Friday 24 July 2015, Fiat Chrysler issued the recall of 1.4 million vehicles …

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Consultation period commences for China’s new draft cybersecurity law

by Rui Wang (Beijing), Martyn Huckerby, Colin Bailey and Yijia Tu (Shanghai) and Kim O’Connell (Sydney) Foreign companies doing business with Chinese entities or on their own account in China should be aware of the changing landscape for digital information. A Consultation Draft of a New PRC Cyber Security Law was posted on the National People’s Congress website on 6 …

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Next steps after Australia China Free Trade Agreement – how to make the most of the opportunity

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement represents significant opportunities for Australian health and aged care providers. However, it is important to move quickly and strategically to make the most of the opportunities. See our Business Spectator article here for what to do next.    

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Australia signs Free Trade Agreement with China – important implications for IP owners and healthcare providers

After years of negotiation and months of drafting, Australia signed the Free Trade Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the People’s Republic of China (ChAFTA). The Agreement addresses a number of important IP related issues and also sets out bilateral obligations to promote trade and investment in healthcare. Intellectual Property Chapter 11 of the ChAFTA aims …

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Cyber resilience health check

Data breaches and cybercrime are regularly occurring in Australia.  PricewaterhouseCooper’s Global State of Information Security Survey 2015, which surveyed more than 9,700 security, IT and business executives stated that the total number of cybersecurity incidents in 2014 was 42.8 million – an increase of 48% from 2013. ASIC, APRA and the Office of the Australian Information Commission have all signalled …

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Blindsided on prior use

A recent decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court reaffirms that not every prior use of an invention will be novelty defeating (see Damorgold Pty Ltd v JAI Products Pty Ltd [2015] FCAFC 31). Damorgold’s patent related to a spring assisted mechanism for controlling blinds. JAI briefly marketed (but did not sell) a RolaShades product in Australia which possessed …

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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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