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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

  • 18 Aug 2017: Herold v Seally (No 4) [2017] FCA 957
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for leave to file an amended statement of claim
    Judge: Bromwich J
  • 18 Aug 2017: Herold v Seally (No 3) [2017] FCA 956
    COSTS - application for different costs order following hearing of competing interlocutory applications - where both interlocutory applications dismissed- whether apportionment of costs appropriate on the basis that issues determined were clearly "separable" - whether Calderbank principles applicable
    Judge: Bromwich J
  • 18 Aug 2017: Commissioner of Patents v AbbVie Biotechnology Ltd [2017] FCAFC 129
    PATENTS - extension of term - pharmaceutical substance produced by recombinant DNA technology - whether term can be extended where claims are in the form of Swiss type claims
    Judge: Besanko, Yates and Beach 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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