It’s easy (and quick) being green – UK to fast-track green patent applications

The United Kingdom has launched an initiative where ‘green’ or environmentally friendly technology can be fast-tracked through the patent application process.  The scheme was launched on 12 May by UK Minister for IP, David Lammy, in a bid to support inventions that may assist in combating climate change.  Under the new scheme, the time for a patent application to progress to grant may be reduced from the usual two to three years to just nine months.

Subjects: Patents

The winner doesn’t always take it all – apportioning costs in patent cases

Everyone is aware of the ordinary rule: costs follow the event.  A successful litigant will recover costs in the absence of special circumstances.  But what constitutes special circumstances in patent cases?  The recent Full Court decision in PAC Mining Pty Ltd v Esco Corporation (No 2) [2009] FCAFC 52 highlights where the Court may depart from the ordinary rule and apportion costs on an issues basis.