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Diagnostic methods remain patentable in Australia
Insight 15 Jul 2019

In good news for biotech innovators, the Federal Court has confirmed diagnostic methods remain patent-eligible subject matter in Australia. The Federal Court's highly anticipated decision in Sequenom, Inc. v Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. [2019] ...

Licence to infringe: Patent Office grants Sandoz licence to exploit Lexapro® patent
Insight 25 Jun 2019

In the latest chapter of one the longest-running sagas in Australian patent litigation history, the Deputy Commissioner of Patents has retrospectively granted Sandoz a licence to exploit Lundbeck's patent for its blockbuster antidepressant Lexapro® (escitalopram). The licence, only the second of its kind to be granted in Australia, provides Sandoz with a defence to Lundbeck's multi-million dollar infringement claim. ...

Global trade mark update
Insight 25 Jun 2019

There have been significant, and proposed, trade mark law developments across the globe which are likely to inform trade mark portfolio strategy. ...

A grape result – exporter of copycat Penfolds wines ordered to pay
Insight 25 Jun 2019

Companies exporting wine labelled with the Chinese equivalent of Australia's famous Penfolds brand have been ordered to pay more than $350,000 in damages for trade mark infringement. ...

IP insurance: are you sure it's too expensive?
Insight 25 Jun 2019

IP disputes can be costly. One way firms can manage this risk is to obtain IP insurance. Once regarded as too expensive to work, recent developments in the market suggest that, for smaller businesses in particular, protection may now be more affordable. ...

Stylkea – a bad idea?
Insight 25 Jun 2019

Two recent examples of Australian businesses clashing with multinational businesses in relation to trade marks serve as cautionary tales for all businesses. ...

Faster TGA disclosure - what it means for pharmaceutical patent litigation
Insight 23 Apr 2019

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has consulted on whether it should disclose earlier that a prescription medicine is under evaluation and what types of prescription medicines should be published. The proposal that it publish the ...

Banksy stops unauthorised merchandising in Italian museum
Insight 18 Apr 2019

A company called Pest Control, which claims to act on behalf of the anonymous street artist Banksy, has won a trade mark infringement claim against an art exhibition organiser for selling Banksy merchandise in a museum gift shop. Law ...

From Budapest to Wellington – Patents for microorganisms in New Zealand
Insight 18 Apr 2019

New Zealand recently acceded to the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure (Budapest Treaty), which came into force in New Zealand on 17 March 2019. Managing ...

Significant fee changes for patents and trade marks are coming in New Zealand
Insight 18 Apr 2019

On 2 April 2019, the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) announced a number of patent and trade mark fee changes that will take effect later in 2019. The changes will result in a significant increase in official fees ...

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