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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

  • 12 Jul 2019: Davies v Lazer Safe Pty Ltd (No 2) [2019] FCAFC 118
    COSTS - costs following the event - appellants unsuccessful on appeal from patent infringement and respondent unsuccessful on cross-appeal on validity - whether to consider claim and cross-claim globally - appellants to pay the costs of the appeal and respondent to pay costs of the cross-appeal
    Judge: Greenwood, White and Burley JJ
  • 12 Jul 2019: Merck KGaA v Merck Sharp Dohme Corp [2019] FCA 1084
    ESTOPPEL - issue estoppel - proper law of "co-existence" agreement - whether first respondent precluded from denying that agreement governed by German law - whether first respondent bound by issue estoppel arising out of proceedings between applicant and the first respondent in United Kingdom ("UK proceedings") in which it was found that the…
    Judge: Nicholas J
  • 5 Jul 2019: Calidad Pty Ltd v Seiko Epson Corporation [2019] FCAFC 115
    PATENTS - pellants/cross-respondents ("Calidad") importers and sellers of printer cartridges modified or "repurposed" by a third party - first respondent - first cross-appellant ("Seiko Epson") the patentee of two patents in suit said to have been infringed by Calidad's conduct - consideration of the doctrine of implied licence - consideration of…
    Judge: Greenwood, Jagot and Yates 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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National Coordinating Judges

  • Greenwood J
  • Nicholas J
  • Yates J
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