I continue my series of articles on the topic of New Zealand Patent Oppositions. My earlier article NZ Patent Oppositions - What are the steps? describes the process for both the opponent and the applicant to submit their…more
Sometimes, despite the best intentions, a business venture will fail. In such circumstances, agreements relating to the ownership of business property will be duly scrutinised, and perhaps, challenged in court…more
Evidence of what occurred over 15 years ago was ultimately accepted despite being only partially corroborated. As a result, many of the claims from Damorgold’s patent have been held invalid for lack of novelty based on that…more
While the activities of so-called ‘patent trolls’ have generated significant media and political attention in the USA, these activities are unlikely to become as prevalent in the UK and Australia because of distinct features of…more
Pfizer sought an interlocutory injunction to restrain Apotex from launching its pregabalin products for the treatment of seizures, claiming that the supply would constitute indirect infringement of Pfizer’s patent for treating…more
Traditionally, it has been relatively easy in Australia, compared with the US or Europe, to meet the threshold level of inventiveness needed for an inventive step. However, a recent Federal Court decision has shown that the…more
As South East Asia becomes an increasingly popular patent filing destination, we explore the region’s grace period provisions and their limitations…more
Owners of patent or design applications or registrations should be aware that there are bogus operators in existence who take the published details of such applications to send out invoices for unnecessary publications or…more
On 10 July 2012 Singapore passed the Patent (Amendment) Bill and the Intellectual Property (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill.
One of the biggest changes is that Singapore has moved away from a self-assessment system to a…more
This article outlines the main findings in Apotex v Sanofi-Aventis, Cancer Voices Australia v Myriad Genetics, Research Affiliates and RPL Central each of which have important implications for patent law in Australia.
For many years the pre-grant patent opposition process has been a useful, but somewhat problematic mechanism for a person to challenge the validity of a patent application. As a specialist tribunal, the Patent Office could…more
As patent filings in South East Asia grow, patent enforcement activities will no doubt be on the rise in the region. We round up patent litigation and licensing in South East Asian countries reported in the past year or so…more
Mizzi Family Holdings Pty Ltd v Morellini  FCA 1435 -
This federal court judgement provides a timely reminder to patent owners to be cautious of their actions, which may be deemed as a threat of infringement…more
In the first published decision by the Australian Patent Office for 2014, Aqua Index Ltd  APO 2 (‘Aqua Index’), the Delegate of the Commissioner of Patents has refused yet another patent application for not being…more
As you may know, on and after February 14, 2014, the Singapore Patent Office (SIPO) will process patent applications according to either a self-assessment system, or a positive assessment system. Self-assessment will only apply…more
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