Freehills Patent Attorneys

101 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia

Contact: Tom Gumley, Business Services Coordinator

  • 61-3-9288-1479

New Ideas may attract Government dollars for IP Protection

From 1 November there will be an opportunity for established or emerging businesses to seek financial support of up to $250,000 in the pursuit of commercialisation of an idea, including the development of an intellectual…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014 - policy uncertainty sees Australia slipping

The recently released Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014 suggests that despite its strength in innovation, Australia is at risk of being left behind as much of the rest of the world forges ahead with investment in cleantech…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Re-examination now an option for challenging New Zealand patents and applications

New Zealand has new patent legislation (Patents Act 2013; the ‘new law’) which came into effect on 13 September 2014. The previous legislation (Patents Act 1953; the ‘old law’) did not allow for re-examination of accepted patent…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Innovation patents in the oil and gas sector: Protecting your innovations, protecting your business

There is a growing focus on the need for operators in the oil and gas sector to innovate, both in terms of developing new technologies and processes throughout the value chain and in the deployment of those technologies and…more
| Energy & Utilities, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Have the Courts lowered the bar on inventive step?

Implications - A number of key points arising from the recent AstraZeneca AB v Apotex Pty Ltd [2014] FCAFC 99 decision have broad implications for the assessment of invention step under the Patents Act (1990). -…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Full Federal Court confirms isolated nucleic acids are patentable in Australia

• The Full Federal Court has unanimously confirmed that isolated nucleic acids, either DNA or RNA, are patentable in Australia. • The decision is in contrast to the recent decision of the US Supreme Court, which held a…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Isolated Nucleic Acids are Patentable in Australia, Again

On Friday the Full Federal Court affirmed that isolated nucleic acids are patentable subject matter in Australia. While an appeal to the High Court of Australia may be possible, absent an appeal, isolated nucleic acids will…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Prior claiming in Australia…has news of its demise been greatly exaggerated? Is prior claiming still applicable to the remaining 1952 Act pharmaceutical patents?

Prior claiming was a ground of invalidity under the Patents Act 1952 (1952 Act). It prevented grant of a patent claiming subject matter already claimed by another patent. Prior claiming was superseded by the broader concept of…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Gone but not forgotten…is the archaic ground of prior claiming relevant to “whole of contents” novelty?

This is one of two related articles on aspects of prior claiming. Prior claiming was a ground of invalidity under the Patents Act 1952 (1952 Act). It prevented grant of a patent claiming subject matter already claimed by another…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Stem cell patentability: European update following Opinion of Advocate-General in ISCC and the Australian position

The recent Opinion of the Advocate-General suggests that a clarification and moderation of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) approach to the patentability of stem cells may be on the horizon. If followed, the…more
| Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Woodside Energy Limited v Exxon-Mobil Upstream Research Company [2014] APO 53

This decision highlights the importance of drafting any claims to a “method of design” with the tests for manner of manufacture firmly in mind. There is no reason that a claim to a method of design should not be patentable…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Australia awaits Federal Court guidance on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions

Anyone with an interest in the patentability of computer-implemented inventions in Australia has been awaiting judgment in the appeal to the Research Affiliates LLC v Commissioner of Patents decision. Anticipation is that…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Improving the value of your US patent portfolio: lessons for Australian and NZ companies from the decision of Bard v Gore

Recent developments in US law have meant that investors conducting due diligence of biotech and technology companies now not only consider whether the company’s US patents are valid and cover the relevant technology but also the…more
| Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Shaken, but still unstirred - Report recommends amendments to the Australian innovation patent system

The final report on the review of the innovation patent system by the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) has been published . ACIP was unable to recommend retention or abolition of the innovation patent system…more
| Intellectual Property

Alice v CLS Bank: An Australian Perspective

Over the decades, the use of patents to protect “software” or “computer implemented” inventions has been the subject of much debate: both on the philosophical question of whether such inventions should be patentable, and on the…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology
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