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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

  • 22 Jul 2021: Howden Australia Pty Ltd v Minetek Pty Ltd (Implied Undertaking and Forensic Images) [2021] FCA 838
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application by Respondents for production of forensic images and release from implied undertaking - where Respondents not in possession of images
    Judge: Perram J
  • 19 Jul 2021: Campaigntrack Pty Ltd v Real Estate Tool Box Pty Ltd [2021] FCA 809
    COPYRIGHT - alleged infringement of copyright in a cloud-based real estate marketing software - whether copyright subsisted in the source code, database, database tables, menu and PDF files of the software - whether the applicant owned the copyright - whether respondents infringed copyright - held the third respondent infringed copyright in some…
    Judge: Thawley J
  • 16 Jul 2021: Dollinger Filtration Ltd v Laminar Air Flow Pty Ltd [2021] FCA 817
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - pleadings - application for leave to amend defence - whether amendment sought to resile from previous admission - where no explanation of how or why admission came to be pleaded - where no evidence that the amendment sought would correct an error - where investigation of matter put in issue by sought amendment might be…
    Judge: Stewart 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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  • Greenwood J
  • Nicholas J
  • Yates J
  • Burley J
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