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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

  • 31 Mar 2020: Watson v Commissioner of Patents [2020] FCAFC 56
    INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY - application for leave to appeal - where primary judge dismissed an appeal from a decision of the delegate of the Commissioner of Patents revoking an innovation patent - where alleged invention was a method by which an organisation engages with an innovation service provider to innovate - whether alleged invention is a…
    Judge: Greenwood, McKerracher and Yates JJ
  • 30 Mar 2020: Vehicle Monitoring Systems Pty Ltd v SARB Management Group Pty Ltd [2020] FCA 408
    PATENTS - appeal from an opposition to a standard patent for a vehicle detection system pursuant to s 60(4) of the Patents Act 1990 (Cth) - validity - lack of inventive step - whether the invention lacks an inventive step in light of the common general knowledge and prior art information pursuant to s 7(2) - ground not established PATENTS - lack…
    Judge: Burley J
  • 26 Mar 2020: Swancom Pty Ltd v The Jazz Corner Hotel Pty Ltd [2020] FCA 396
    EVIDENCE - Evidentiary objections - admissibility - relevance - hearsay
    Judge: O'Bryan 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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National Coordinating Judges

  • Greenwood J
  • Nicholas J
  • Yates J
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