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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 three Sub-areas in the Intellectual Property NPA are:

Patents and Associated Statutes Sub-area

  • Patent disputes concerning the exclusive right to commercially exploit inventions (inventive devices, substances, methods or processes).
  • Other disputes, including disputes concerning plant breeder's rights in new and distinct varieties of plants.

Trade Marks Sub-area

  • Any trade mark dispute, with respect to validity of a trade mark and/or distinguishing goods and services (including in respect of a letter, number, word, phrase, sound, smell, shape, logo, picture and packaging).
  • "Geographical indication" disputes involving a geographical indication or other term signifying a related attribute of goods.
  • An appeal from a decision of the Registrar of Trade Marks.

Copyright and Industrial Design Sub-area

  • Copyright disputes concerning works such as books, computer programs, architectural drawings, musical and artistic works and other subject matter such as films and sound recordings.
  • Design disputes concerning the distinctive shape, configuration, pattern or ornamentation of products in an industrial or commercial context.
  • Other disputes, including circuit layout disputes concerning layout designs for integrated circuits and computer chips.

Practice Notes

All practice notes are to be read with the Central Practice Note.  It is the essential guide to practice in the Federal Court in all proceedings.

The NPA practice note sets out the arrangements for the management of intellectual property proceedings:

NPA Practice Note:

Other practice notes which may be relevant to this NPA include:

General Practice Notes:

Forms, Rules & Fees

Filing fees for commencing a proceeding in this NPA may apply. Information about Court fees, including the fees payable and circumstances where an exemption or deferral can be given is available in Forms, Fees & Costs or from the Registry.

Parties should consider whether it is necessary to file a Genuine steps statement (Form 16) in certain proceedings in this NPA - see r 8.02 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) and the Civil Dispute Resolution Act 2011 (Cth) (including sections 6, 7 and 16).

The most commonly used forms and rules relating to intellectual property proceedings are:

1.  Commencing intellectual property proceedings

Forms:
Rules:
Notes:
  • In addition to any material required to be filed by the Federal Court Rules, and at least 7 days prior to the first case management hearing (or earlier if the docket judge so requires), copies of the following documents should be filed and served:
      • any patent upon which the applicant sues
      • any trade mark registration or certificate of registered design upon which the applicant sues
      • any patent application which is the subject of the appeal
      • any application for a registered trade mark or application for a registered design that is the subject of the appeal
      • any written record of the decision (including any reasons) the subject of the appeal.

(Refer to paragraph 4.3 of Intellectual Property Practice Note)


2.  Appeals from the Commissioner of Patents or Registrar of Trade Marks

A party who wants to appeal from a decision of the Commissioner of Patents or the Registrar of Trade Marks must file a Notice of appeal within 21 days of the date of the decision.

Forms:
  • Form 92 - Notice of appeal (intellectual property)
Rules:
Notes:
  • For a Notice of appeal, the party bringing the appeal should be referred to as the "applicant" and the other party should be referred to as the "respondent"
  • A Notice of appeal must also be served on the Commissioner of Patents.

3.  Applications under the Plant Breeder's Rights Act 1994

A claim for infringement of plant breeder's rights under the Plant Breeder's Rights Act 1994 (Cth), may be commenced in the Federal Court by filing:

Forms:
Rules:

4.  Applications under the Circuit Layouts Act 1989

Disputes concerning layout designs for integrated circuits and computer chips include:

(a)  Determination of equitable remuneration

A party may apply to the Court under section 20(2) of the Circuit Layouts Act 1989 (Cth) for a determination of equitable remuneration in relation to an eligible layout by filing:

Forms:
  • Form 94 – Originating application for determination of equitable remuneration under s 20(2) of the Circuits Layouts Act 1989
Rules:

(b)  Determination of the terms of the doing of an act

A party may apply to the Court under section 25(4) of the Circuit Layouts Act 1989 for a determination of the terms of the doing of an act in relation to an eligible layout by filing:

Forms:
  • Form 95 – Originating application for determination of the terms of the doing of an act under section 25(4) of the Circuits Layouts Act 1989
Rules:

For further procedural and case management information you should refer to the Central Practice Note and the Intellectual Property Practice Note.

Legislation

The Intellectual Property NPA comprises any proceeding relating to the following:

Latest Judgments

  • 16 Oct 2019: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited v Konami Australia Pty Limited (No 2) [2019] FCA 1701
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application by respondent to amend defence on second day of three week hearing of applicant's claim to (inter alia) an account of profits - consideration of nature of amendment - whether new defence sought to be raised seriously arguable - effect on hearing dates - whether respondent should be permitted to amend -…
    Judge: Nicholas J
  • 10 Oct 2019: Pinnacle Runway Pty Ltd v Triangl Limited [2019] FCA 1662
    TRADE MARKS - whether the second respondent infringed the applicant's trade mark pursuant to s 120 of the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) - whether the mark was used to distinguish its goods from the goods of other traders. TRADE MARKS - cross-claim for cancellation of a trade mark pursuant to s 88 of the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) - whether…
    Judge: Murphy J
  • 2 Oct 2019: University of Sydney v ObjectiVision Pty Limited [2019] FCA 1625
    CONTRACT - termination of licensing agreements - where respondent was required to assign certain patents as a condition precedent - whether there was a failure to fulfil the condition precedent - whether compliance with a condition precedent would have been futile due to the other party's refusal to perform the agreement - whether non-payment of…
    Judge: Burley J
  • 1 Oct 2019: Zoo Sport (Europe) Ltd v Zoo International Pte Ltd [2019] FCA 1660
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - dismissal for want of prosecution - applicants in default - failure to comply with order for security for costs - failure to file notice of address for service - proceeding dismissed
    Judge: Rangiah J
  • 30 Sep 2019: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation v Wyeth LLC (No 2) [2019] FCA 1615
    EVIDENCE - patent infringement - late application to amend pleadings to add a claim - production of documents - whether the respondent waived legal professional privilege with respect to affidavit evidence filed in support of application - if privilege waived, what was the scope of the waiver - held that the respondent waived privilege - specific…
    Judge: Burley J
  • 27 Sep 2019: Chamberlain Group, Inc v Giant Alarm System Co, Ltd (No 2) [2019] FCA 1606
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for default judgment pursuant to r 5.23 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) - whether appropriate to grant injunction - whether appropriate to grant costs - application granted
    Judge: Yates J
  • 27 Sep 2019: Calidad Pty Ltd v Seiko Epson Corporation (No 2) [2019] FCAFC 168
    PATENTS - appropriate form of orders to give effect to the Full Court's reasons for judgment on appeal - whether a declaration should be granted and the form of that declaration - whether injunctions should be granted and the form of those injunctions - whether it is appropriate to grant an injunction in general form
    Judge: Greenwood, Jagot and Yates JJ
  • 25 Sep 2019: Baiada Pty Ltd v PQM (Vic) Pty Ltd trading as Lilydale Wholesale Meats [2019] FCA 1604
    TRADE MARKS - where applicants seek interim injunctive relief for trade mark infringement - final injunctions granted by consent CONSUMER LAW - where applicants seek interim injunctive relief for contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law -final injunctions granted by consent
    Judge: Yates J
  • 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
  • 17 Sep 2019: Dyno Nobel Inc v Orica Explosives Technology Pty Ltd (No 2) [2019] FCA 1552
    EVIDENCE - objection to evidence under s 59 of the Evidence Act 1995 (Cth) - whether print outs of archived webpages on the "Wayback Machine" are business records under s 69 of the Evidence Act - where the Court found that the evidence were not business records - whether to admit evidence under the discretion conferred by s 190 of the Evidence Act …
    Judge: Burley J

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