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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 Oct 2021: Vald Performance Pty Ltd v Kangatech Pty Ltd (No 3) [2021] FCA 1265
    INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY - consideration of procedural orders in relation to patent proceedings having regard to the earlier procedural history of the matter
    Judge: Greenwood J
  • 13 Oct 2021: Allergan Australia Pty Ltd v Self Care IP Holdings Pty Ltd (No 2) [2021] FCAFC 180
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - parties ordered to confer with a view to agreeing orders giving effect to the Full Court's reasons for judgment or provide competing orders and submissions - parties were not able to agree and provided competing orders and submissions - application to make further submissions in relation to appropriate orders made…
    Judge: Jagot, Lee and Thawley JJ
  • 11 Oct 2021: Nagpal v Global Cars Aus Pty Ltd [2021] FCA 1226
    HIGH COURT AND FEDERAL COURT - jurisdiction - whether action within scope of Federal Court's jurisdiction - whether federal jurisdiction is attracted because of claims made under Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) and the Australian Consumer Law - whether claims made are hypothetical - whether advisory opinion is sought - whether claims made are…
    Judge: Downes J

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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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  • Greenwood J
  • Nicholas J
  • Yates J
  • Burley J
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