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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

  • 15 Nov 2019: Technological Resources Pty Limited v Tettman [2019] FCA 1889
    PATENTS - hearing de novo - common general knowledge of skilled addressee - claimed methods and apparatus for identifying and separating mined material on a bulk basis - upgrading low grade iron ore - meaning of "grade" and "direct assessment" in patent application - whether patent application involves a manner of manufacture pursuant to s…
    Judge: Jagot J
  • 13 Nov 2019: Vald Performance Pty Ltd v Kangatech Pty Ltd [2019] FCA 1880
    PATENTS - consideration of the question of costs payable on the reconstitution of the proceeding having regard to the question of whether the applicant is an exclusive licensee of the patentee for the purposes of the Patents Act 1990 (Cth)
    Judge: Greenwood J
  • 11 Nov 2019: Howden Australia Pty Ltd v Minetek Pty Ltd (No 3) [2019] FCA 1851
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for orders that the respondents file and serve an affidavit explaining the steps they had taken to comply with an earlier order that they preserve and not alter, destroy, erase or otherwise part with certain documents - application for orders that the respondents make available for forensic imaging their…
    Judge: Robertson 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
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