Category Archive for: ‘Patents’
The US Federal Circuit recently held that when seeking a declaratory judgment in relation to a patent held by a foreign entity, specific personal jurisdiction is only appropriate where that entity has sufficient contacts with the jurisdiction in which the judgment is pursued.
The rationale for this is found in the due process requirements in the US Constitution. Essentially, jurisdiction is appropriate over an entity when it would be fair to haul it before courts in that forum. Fairness, in turn, can be established where:
A data processing system for pooling the assets of investors; a method for structuring a financial transaction to protect an individual’s assets; a method of hedging against the risk of a spike in the price of coal: are these patentable inventions?
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has proposed to WIPO a comprehensive overhaul of the PCT system, dubbed PCT II, which would further internationalise the patent application system.
The Bill to replace the Patents Act 1953 (NZ) has finally received its first reading in Parliament. Copies of the draft Bill, the explanatory memorandum, and the first reading speeches are available at http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/Legislation/Bills/a/f/2/00DBHOH_BILL8651_1-Patents-Bill.htm
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.
Taking steps to protect your invention could seem like a hassle when you’re buzzing with excitement and want to tell the whole world about your great new idea. But it’s worth taking a moment to stop and consider how to best protect your invention, as this cautionary tale demonstrates.
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)  FCAFC 52 highlights where the Court may depart from the ordinary rule and apportion costs on an issues basis.