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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 2022: Rakman International Pty Limited v Boss Fire & Safety Pty Ltd (No 2) [2022] FCA 1113
    COSTS - whether costs should be awarded on an indemnity basis in light of failures to accept offers of compromise PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - form of final orders - application for injunction restraining applicants/cross-respondents from making representations found to constitute misleading or deceptive conduct - injunction refused
    Judge: Yates J
  • 13 Sep 2022: Swancom Pty Ltd v The Jazz Corner Hotel Pty Ltd [2022] FCAFC 157
    TRADE MARKS - appeal - infringement - deceptive similarity - whether, in determining deceptive similarity, the primary judge erred in not taking into account the factual distinctiveness of the appellant's marks at their respective filing dates - whether primary judge erred in finding the respondents had not used JAZZ CORNER OF THE WORLD and JAZZ…
    Judge: Yates, Abraham and Rofe JJ
  • 9 Sep 2022: Puma SE v Caterpillar Inc [2022] FCAFC 153
    TRADE MARKS - application for leave to appeal from a single judge of the Court pursuant to s 195(2) of the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) - whether primary judge erred in finding grounds of opposition pursuant to ss 44 and 60 of the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) were made out - whether trade mark deceptively similar to prior registered mark - whether…
    Judge: Nicholas, Rofe and McElwaine 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
  • Burley J
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