Freehills Patent Attorneys

How an object statement can bring down your patent

An Australian Court has just ruled that for a given patent claim to be valid, every promise about the invention in the specification must be delivered by enacting that claim…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Designs law reform in Australia: Prior art base, Grace periods, Screen displays and other changes

May 2016 - The Australian Government has responded to a series of recommendations for reform of Industrial Designs Law by the Advisory Council in Intellectual Property (ACIP). ACIP made 23 recommendations in its final report,…more
| Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Quicker, easier and cheaper? New Rules for patent prosecution in India

Several notable amendments to India’s patent Rules came into effect on 16 May 2016, following the publication of draft Rules in November last year. The new Rules, which seek to fast track applications and introduce a number of…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Patentable subject matter: Inventive test for assessing substance of an invention

In Australia, one requisite for patentability is patent-eligible subject matter. This area has been in a state of flux lately, with one area of focus being computer implemented methods and business innovations…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

The “teacher’s PET” of radionuclides – patents directed to Fluorine-18

This is the second in a series of articles looking at the hot topic of the patenting of radiopharmaceuticals. Fluorine-18 (18F), a radioactive isotope of fluorine, is the most common positron-emitting radioisotope used in…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

The right policy prescription for pharmaceutical patents? The Australian Productivity Commission proposes a new formula

As mentioned in our earlier article Australia’s Productivity Commission has released a draft report (Report) regarding intellectual property (IP) in Australia. The Report covers various IP rights and provides the Commission’s…more
| Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

RPL Central: High Court Refuses Special Leave

The RPL Central case has been working its way through the Australian Courts since 2013. The case concerns the subject matter eligibility of a computer implemented invention for assessing the competency or qualifications of…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Draft Report on Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements

Australia’s Productivity Commission has released a draft report regarding intellectual property (IP) in Australia. The draft report covers various IP rights and provides the Commission’s draft findings and recommendations in…more
| Intellectual Property

Product Management Group Pty Ltd v Blue Gentian LLC (2015) FCAFC 179

This case demonstrates the difficulties of invalidating a claim due to lack of clarity. This has two main implications. Firstly, in approaching the task of claim construction for claims with substantial clarity issues, one…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Simply The Best (Method) For Australian Patents

A recent decision in relation to the best method requirement finds generic disclosures inadequate and demonstrates the difficulties that underlie identifying the best method of performing an invention. The requirement that…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Does this bug you? When your food crawls...

In many countries, the consumption of insects is widely accepted. However in the Western world, edible insects are not a popular feature on many people’s menus or shopping lists – yet. Cricket-chip cookies, Bee-LT…more
| Agriculture, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Protecting GUI Designs in Australia: More Questions than Answers

Many countries allow graphical user interface (GUI) features to be protected by registered designs. The current position in Australia is not clear. The position of the Australian Designs Office, which is responsible…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

A hot couple in the patenting of radiopharmaceuticals – the theranostic pair Technetium-99m and Rhenium-188

This is the first in a series of articles looking at the hot topic of the patenting of radiopharmaceuticals. In the theranostic pair of technetium and radium, a compound comprising radioactive technetium is used to image a…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Does a recent Patent Office decision increase the evidence needed to support patent term extension?

Generally, patent term extensions are granted based on minimal supporting evidence. A recent Patent Office decision serves as a useful reminder that more comprehensive evidence may be required in some circumstances. The decision…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Evidence wins the day

In Australia, a patent opposition is an opportunity for a third party to oppose the grant of a prospective patent at the patent office. A patent opposition is akin to Inter Partes Review or Post Grant Review in the US or…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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