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IP considerations in the early stages of drug development – how to pick your moment

The step of identifying an initial lead drug candidate is the cornerstone of the drug development process and is also usually the point at which actions are taken to protect the associated intellectual property (IP). However,...more

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

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

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

Expanding the PPH in Australia

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has paved the way for the European Patent Office (EPO) to partner with the Australian Patent Office in a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. The PPH program has been in use...more

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...more

More Than Just A Passing Interest: Ensuring Your Rights Are Secured Under The PPSA

If you are a holder of a security interest in personal property (including patents) you will need to record the interest on the Personal Properties Security Register (PPSR) before 31 January 2014, otherwise you may lose the...more

1/9/2014  /  Australia , PPSA

Australia’s Highest Court Takes A Knife To Indirect Infringement: “Carve-Outs” In Product Information Leaflets Are A Legitimate...

Under Australian law, indirect or contributory infringement of method of treatment claims has been an issue for quite some time. In particular, there have been a number of injunctions granted in circumstances where an...more

Pharmaceutical Companies Breathe A Sigh Of Relief: Australia’s Highest Court Confirms That Methods Of Medical Treatment Are...

For many years, there has been an assumption that methods of medical treatment are patentable under Australian law, but this has never actually been tested at the highest judicial level. ...more

Amending Your Patent Claims In Corresponding Foreign Applications Could Obligate You To Look At Your Granted Australian Claims

“There is no practice ... that I’m aware of, nor have I ever received advice from my attorneys anywhere in the world[,] that once a particular amendment is made to a patent in any particular jurisdiction ... there is some...more

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