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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

  • 13 May 2022: Vald Performance Pty Ltd v Kangatech Pty Ltd (No 4) [2022] FCA 557
    INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY - consideration of an application to amend particulars of invalidity - consideration of the approach in determining whether the claims defining the invention are supported by matter disclosed in the specification for the purposes of s 40(3) of the Patents Act 1990 (Cth)
    Judge: Greenwood J
  • 9 May 2022: Vector Corrosion Technologies Limited v E-Chem Technologies Ltd [2022] FCA 519
    COSTS -- application for indemnity costs in two related proceedings -- where case which proceeded to final judgment was weak but arguable -- where applicant unreasonably rejected settlement offer in discontinued proceedings -- costs ordered on indemnity basis from date of settlement offers in discontinued proceeding
    Judge: Jagot J
  • 9 May 2022: GME Pty Ltd v Uniden Australia Pty Ltd [2022] FCA 520
    INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY - registered designs - threatened infringement of applicant's registered design for a microphone - consideration of factors relevant - consideration of the prior art base - whether respondent's product is substantially similar in overall impression to the registered design - infringement established
    Judge: Burley 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
  • Burley J
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