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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

  • 19 Oct 2018: Dometic Australia Pty Ltd v Houghton Leisure Products Pty Ltd [2018] FCA 1573
    INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY - claim of infringement by the Second Respondent of patent for air conditioning unit - whether alleged infringing unit contains claims in patent - patent contains claim for a centrifugal fan - the alleged infringing unit contains a fan producing the effect of a centrifugal fan by use of surrounding apparatus - whether skilled …
    Judge: White J
  • 16 Oct 2018: Hoser v Sportsbet Pty Ltd [2018] FCA 1557
    TRADE MARKS - whether the pleaded television commercial was a use by the respondent of "snake man" or "snakeman" as a trade mark CONSUMER LAW - whether the pleaded television commercial represented to adult consumers in Australia that the man depicted in the advertisement was "the snakeman" - whether the television commercial represented to adult…
    Judge: Robertson J
  • 11 Oct 2018: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited v Ainsworth Game Technology Limited [2018] FCA 1511
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for preliminary discovery - r 7.23 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth)
    Judge: Yates 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
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