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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

  • 22 Nov 2019: Repipe Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Patents [2019] FCA 1956
    PATENTS - validity - manner of manufacture under s 18(1A)(a) of the Patents Act 1990 (Cth) - Encompass Corporation Pty Ltd v InfoTrack Pty Ltd (2019) 145 IPR 1 applied - whether the patents, methods and systems for providing and receiving information for risk management in the field, are patentable subject matter - nature of the technical…
    Judge: McKerracher J
  • 18 Nov 2019: F45 Training Pty Ltd v Body Fit Training Company Pty Ltd [2019] FCA 1911
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for preliminary discovery - where application for preliminary discovery dismissed following voluntary production of documents by respondent after commencement of proceeding - where substantive proceeding subsequently commenced - appropriate costs order
    Judge: Nicholas J
  • 15 Nov 2019: Technological Resources Pty Limited v Tettman [2019] FCA 1889
    PATENTS - hearing de novo - common general knowledge of skilled addressee - claimed methods and apparatus for identifying and separating mined material on a bulk basis - upgrading low grade iron ore - meaning of "grade" and "direct assessment" in patent application - whether patent application involves a manner of manufacture pursuant to s…
    Judge: Jagot 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
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