Freehills Patent Attorneys

101 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia

Contact: Tom Gumley, Business Services Coordinator

  • 61-3-9288-1479

Computer implemented inventions in Australia: The current state of play

A Full Court of Australia’s Federal Court has handed down its appeal decision in Research Affiliates LLC v Commissioner of Patents. While there was anticipation that the decision would provide general guidance on the…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Australian designs system under review

In May 2012 a review of the Australian designs system was requested. Australia’s Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) has been conducting this review and on 3 December 2014 released an Options Paper for…more
| Intellectual Property

Designing applications: Tips for filing design applications in Australia

In This Issue: - Top Tips - Has there been prior disclosure? - Will you receive a Formalities Notice? - What is your ability to amend? - What is the product? - Is there more than…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Israel, Finland and the US top the Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014

The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014 reports that Israel, Finland and the US provide the best political, social and financial conditions to cultivate cleantech innovation and commercialisation over the next 10 years…more
| Environmental Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Government dollars for getting IP to market

As already reported in an October article, the third and final leg of the Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme (EIP) – Accelerating Commercialisation – is gearing up to make available funding to bridge the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Intellectual Property

Computer Implemented Business Scheme not Patentable in Australia

A Full Court of Australia’s Federal Court has handed down its appeal decision in Research Affiliates LLC v Commissioner of Patents [2014] FCAFC 150. This decision deals with the patentability of computer implemented…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

The High Court takes remedial action in the escitalopram battle

In the long-running escitalopram patent battle, which has been fought all over the world, Australia’s highest court has affirmed the general remedial power of Australia’s extension of time provisions as they apply to extensions…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

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
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