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About this NPA

The Intellectual Property National Practice Area (NPA) covers disputes concerning matters such as patents, trade marks, copyright, designs, circuit layouts, plant breeder's rights and appeals from the Commissioner of Patents or Registrar of Trade Marks.

The Intellectual Property NPA consists of three Sub-areas:

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Latest Judgments

  • 16 Aug 2022: The Epoch Holding Group Pty Ltd v Carrodus [2022] FCA 947
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - where non-publication orders previously made in respect of evidence -where the evidence contains commercially sensitive information the subject of the proceedings - whether non-publication orders are necessary to prevent prejudice to the proper administration of justice - whether non-publication orders previously made…
    Judge: Cheeseman J
  • 29 Jul 2022: Derma Pen LLC v Biosoft (Australia) Pty Ltd (Security for Costs) [2022] FCA 885
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for security for costs - where Applicants are incorporated in Delaware - where neither Applicant has assets in or conducts business in Australia - where First Applicant has judgment debt against the Third Respondent out of jurisdiction - where Second Applicant has assets in form of US word mark - whether…
    Judge: Perram J
  • 25 Jul 2022: Jusand Nominees Pty Ltd v Rattlejack Innovations Pty Ltd (No 2) [2022] FCA 867
    COSTS - whether applicant should have to pay multiple sets of costs - where third respondent had separate representation to first, second, and fourth respondents - whether there was possibility of conflict of interest between the respondents COSTS - appropriate apportionment - where respondents ultimately successful - where third respondent…
    Judge: Rofe J

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Form & Rules

The key forms and rules for commencing proceedings in this NPA are:

  • Commencing patents, trade marks or copyright proceedings:
  • Commencing appeals from the Commissioner of Patents or Registrar of Trade Marks:
  • Form 92 - Notice of appeal (intellectual property)
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  • Greenwood J
  • Nicholas J
  • Yates J
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