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Mallesons congratulates Professor Elizabeth Blackburn on Nobel win

Professor Elizabeth Blackburn from Launceston, Tasmania is the first Australian woman to win a Nobel Prize. Her Prize for Medicine is an inspiration to Australian women in science.

Professor Blackburn’s work was responsible for identifying telomerase, the enzyme which forms a cap at the end of our chromosomes to protect them from damage. As cancers depend on telomerase for their continued growth, the work is particularly crucial to the development of treatments for cancer which block the activity of telomerase.

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One more small step towards a trans-Tasman Therapeutic Products Authority?

For the third time this year, the Federal Government has amended the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.  These amendments are mostly aimed at tweaking the administrative structures that apply to the regulation of medicines and chemicals.  More generally, the new changes form part of the Government’s ongoing reform agenda to replace the Therapeutic Goods Administration (the “TGA”) with the proposed “Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Authority”.

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Uniloc-king the jury verdict

A Judge in the US this week vacated the highly publicised US $388 million jury verdict earlier this year against Microsoft for the alleged infringement of an anti-piracy software activation technology patent owned by Uniloc – a software security company founded by Australian entrepreneur Ric Richardson.

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Full Federal Court strikes down patent for clopidogrel

The Full Federal Court has confirmed that Sanofi-Aventis’ patent for the drug clopidogrel (brand name Plavix) is invalid and should be revoked.  Subject to the question of whether Sanofi will seek a stay pending an application for leave to appeal to the High Court, the decision clears the way for Apotex and other companies to launch their own brands of clopidogrel, a drug designed to prevent platelet aggregation and blood clots, to compete directly with Sanofi.

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Fast-tracking patent applications for “green technology”

IP Australia has announced that requests for examination of patents involving green technology may be “fast-tracked”. 

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USPTO grants patent over podcasting

Uncertainty has arisen in the podcasting arena after VoloMedia, Inc, a company based in Sunnyvale, California, announced that it had been granted the “US Patent for Podcasting” at the end of July this year. 

In the days following the announcement, two key questions emerged: can this patent be valid, and if so, how does VoloMedia intend to assert its newly acquired patent rights?

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Advisory Council on Intellectual Property releases Interim Report on Post-Grant Patent Enforcement Strategies

The Advisory Council on Intellectual Property has released an Interim Report on Post-Grant Enforcement Strategies proposing a number of reforms, including the establishment of an IP dispute resolution centre to provide opinions in relation to validity and infringement issues, and public access to information in relation to patent related Court proceedings.  The Advisory Council is seeking submissions on the proposals outlined in the Report from interested parties with a view to submitting the final report to the Government in late 2009.  Written submissions should be mad

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