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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


  • 2 Aug 2021: BCI Media Group Pty Ltd v CoreLogic Australia Pty Ltd (No 3) [2021] FCA 884
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application to extend time for prospective respondents to comply with preliminary discovery orders made pursuant to r 7.23 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) - application to clarify scope of preliminary discovery orders - whether discovery that has been given is sufficient - whether the prospective respondents' list of …
    Judge: Yates J
  • 30 Jul 2021: Thaler v Commissioner of Patents [2021] FCA 879
    PATENTS - artificial intelligence - machine learning - artificial neural networks - invention produced by a computer - semi-autonomous systems - concept of inventor - whether a machine can be an inventor - whether only a human can invent - device for the autonomous boot-strapping of unified sentience (DABUS) - invention created by DABUS in the…
    Judge: Beach J
  • 29 Jul 2021: Skelin v Self Care Corporation Pty Ltd [2021] FCA 888
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - applications to stay hearing of Federal Circuit Court proceedings - where applicant seeks leave to appeal from decision of Federal Circuit Court judge granting leave to amend a pleading - where applicant seeks leave to appeal from decision of Federal Circuit Court judge rejecting application to recuse herself on the basis…
    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:
Forms:
Rules:
  • Commencing appeals from the Commissioner of Patents or Registrar of Trade Marks:
Forms:
  • Form 92 - Notice of appeal (intellectual property)
Rules:
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  • Greenwood J
  • Nicholas J
  • Yates J
  • Burley J
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