Noted science fiction author, Kim Stanley Robinson, imagines a future oral argument trying to patent something in light of recent (US) judicial attempts to clarify business method patenting. Imagine what fun he could have in an imaginary place far far away! Lid dip: PatentlyO In the meantime, IPwars is also heading far far way for the holidays. Thank you for reading. Season greetings! Wishing you a happy, safe and prosperous.. Read More
Perram J has rejected Dallas Buyers Club’s latest attempt to get permission to send those letters of demand out. Last time out, Perram J said DBC could get the names and addresses of the 4726 “downloaders” only if it gave undertakings to use the information for the purposes of resolving its infringement allegations. limited the demands for compensation to the retail price of a download and some part of the.. Read More
IP Australia has published its guidelines for examining whether a patent application claims a manner of manufacture under s 18(1)(a) and (1A)(a) in light of the High Court’s ruling in D’Arcy v Myriad. According to the guidelines, Examiners will find it useful to ask: What is the substance of the claim (not merely its form)? Has the substance of the claim been “made” or changed by man, or is “artificial”?.. Read More
Product Management Group (PMG) has lost its appeal from Middleton J’s finding that it infringed Blue Gentian’s innovation patents for a self extending/collapsing garden hose. The appeal seems like a fairly straightforward application of construction principles and demonstrates, yet again, how slender an innovation need be to secure a monopoly for eight years. There may, however, be a question for the future whether or not the “substantial contribution” to the.. Read More
Yates J has ordered the respondents pay a 1% royalty for passing off their RVs as Winnebago’s
The Full Court (Dowsett, Kenny and Nicholas JJ) has upheld the Commonwealth’s power to sue for damages on the undertaking as to damages given by Sanofi and Wyeth when obtaining interlocutory injunctions against generic suppliers.
The grant of an exclusive territory did not require the franchisor to take steps to stop another franchisee selling in the territory
An authorised user can sue for infringement without waiting for the registered owner’s failure to sue first.
Allsop CJ has held that Trojan’s repackaging of genuine cigars to meet Australia’s plain packaging laws is legitimate under the Trade Marks Act.