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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

  • 20 Sep 2019: Community First Credit Union Limited v Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited [2019] FCA 1553
    TRADE MARKS - application for rectification of the Register of Trade Marks pursuant to s 88(1) of the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (TM Act) by removing or cancelling the mark COMMUNITY BANK and device mark and orders pursuant to s 97 or s 101 of the TM that the marks be removed from the Register - whether pursuant to s 88(2)(a) of the TM Act…
    Judge: Markovic J
  • 13 Sep 2019: Encompass Corporation Pty Ltd v InfoTrack Pty Ltd [2019] FCAFC 161
    PATENTS - validity - computer-implemented method and apparatus for displaying information - whether invention as claimed is a manner of manufacture within the meaning of section 6 of the Statute of Monopolies PATENTS - validity - innovative step - whether claimed invention supported by an innovative step - whether additional innovative steps…
    Judge: Allsop CJ, Kenny, Besanko, Nicholas and Yates JJ
  • 13 Sep 2019: Globaltech Corporation Pty Ltd v Australian Mud Company Pty Ltd [2019] FCAFC 162
    PATENTS - construction - where claims in suit comprised method claims and system claims for core sample orientation - where the method in claim 1 involved two timers, one in the downhole device and one on the surface - whether the primary judge erred in his construction of the patent - whether, on the true construction of claim 1, it required both …
    Judge: Kenny, Robertson and Moshinsky 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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  • Greenwood J
  • Nicholas J
  • Yates J
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