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Australian manufacturer enforces Chinese patent against Chinese infringer in China

Lucas Mill, an Australian manufacturer based in Beechworth Victoria, has won a patent case in China against a Chinese manufacturer. Lucas’ flagship product - The product being copied was a portable sawmill, Lucas’…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Abolition of the Australian Innovation Patent?

The Australian patent system currently provides for two different patent rights: standard patents and innovation patents. In May this year Australia’s Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) released a statement…more
| Intellectual Property

Swiss-form claims: not the same as methods of medical treatment?

Why have a Swiss-form claim in an Australian patent when methods of medical treatment are patentable? In a recent first instance decision of the Federal Court of Australia, Swiss-form claims have been held to be method claims,…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Nichia Corporation v Arrow Electronics [2015] FCA 699

The key issue - The key issue considered in this judgment was the criteria under which a single claim could be considered to define multiple forms of an invention, with each form of the invention attributed its own priority…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

European alliance of plant breeders fails to halt the march of the Nagoya Protocol

The CJEU has rejected two challenges to the EU Regulation implementing the Nagoya Protocol. This piece of international law has changed significantly the way that biological natural resources are accessed, researched and…more
| Constitutional Law, Indigenous Peoples, Intellectual Property

Seeking a patent term extension may cut it short

A hidden catch to Australia’s generous regime for extension of term of pharmaceutical patents is that requesting an extension of term can act as a trigger for re-examination. The Australian Patent Office has discretionary…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Income Tax & Crowdfunding

Income tax may not be front of mind when starting a crowdfunding campaign, but early consideration of the issues could prevent a panic-inducing call from the Australian Taxation Office. The choice of crowdfunding model adopted…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law, Taxation

Final report on the review of Australia’s designs system

In 2012 Australia’s Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) was tasked with reviewing the Australian designs system. ACIP has now released its final report..…more
| Intellectual Property

Patenting natural and organic cosmetics...can it be done?

Two interesting trends are occurring in the international cosmetics market which, at first glance, seem to be in conflict. The first trend is the expansion of the natural and organic cosmetic products market. The second is an…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

A new breed of plant patents in Europe

In Europe, there are two types of IP protection available for plant-related inventions: Plant Variety Rights (PVRs) and Patents. In order to avoid any overlap in protection between these two IP regimes, the EPC…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Share Plan changes tabled and diced

The Division 83A (employee share plan) amendments were tabled in Parliament yesterday, 25 March 2015, and include welcome improvements on the exposure draft released last January. Start-ups - Most of the changes…more
| Business Organizations, Intellectual Property, Taxation

Designing foreign applications

The importance of industrial design to Australian businesses is increasing, with competitive advantage being gained by investment in innovative design. Many Australian companies are now looking to sell their products outside of…more
| Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Commercial success of cable not strong enough to hold up patent

It may be tempting to think that the commercial success of a product is relevant to the validity of patents relating to that product. A recent decision of the Full Federal Court is a reminder of the limits to which evidence of…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Pharmaceuticals in South East Asia

See Chart Below…more
| Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Employee Share Schemes: ED

The Government has released the Exposure Draft for the proposed changes to the taxation of employee share and option plans (ESOPs). The Exposure Draft generally follows the Government’s announcement on 14 October 2014, but also…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law, Taxation
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