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About this NPA

The Intellectual Property National Practice Area (NPA) covers disputes concerning matters such as patents, trade marks, copyright, designs, circuit layouts, plant breeder's rights and appeals from the Commissioner of Patents or Registrar of Trade Marks.

The Intellectual Property NPA consists of three Sub-areas:

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Latest Judgments

  • 12 Dec 2017: Concrete Mining Structures Pty Ltd v Cellcrete Australia Pty Ltd (No 3) [2017] FCA 1483
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for summary judgment - whether cross-claimant has no reasonable prospect of successfully prosecuting the proceeding - whether there is any practical utility in continuing the proceeding - whether proceeding, if continued, would be properly constituted - whether cross-claimant has standing - application granted
    Judge: Burley J
  • 8 Dec 2017: Chamberlain Group, Inc v Giant Alarm System Co, Ltd [2017] FCA 1472
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - patent infringement proceedings - application for leave to serve originating application outside Australia under r 10.43 Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth)
    Judge: Yates J
  • 7 Dec 2017: Idenix Pharmaceuticals LLC v Gilead Sciences Pty Ltd [2017] FCAFC 196
    PATENTS - patent for pharmaceutical compound and method to treat hepatitis C virus - appeal against decision finding certain claims to be invalid - notice of contention - sufficiency - whether patent describes the invention fully - whether patent enables the skilled addressee to produce something within each claim without new inventions or…
    Judge: Nicholas, Beach and Burley JJ

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Form & Rules

The key forms and rules for commencing proceedings in this NPA are:

  • Commencing patents, trade marks or copyright proceedings:
  • Commencing appeals from the Commissioner of Patents or Registrar of Trade Marks:
  • Form 92 - Notice of appeal (intellectual property)
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