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Servier best method & amendment

Servier has lost what may be its last round[1] in the arginine perindopril litigation against Apotex. Servier began the litigation back in 2007. Ultimately, it lost with its patent being found invalid on the ground that Servier had failed to disclose the best method of performing the invention. After that ruling, Servier applied to amend its patent to include the best method. Its application failed on discretionary grounds. Now, we.. Read More

Online copyright infringement in australia

Playing catch up: last month saw some significant developments for online copyright infringement in Australia: First, Dallas Buyers Club’s lawyers announced it is no longer pursuing its court action to get prelimiary discovery of the contact details of the 4726 alleged infringers: it’s over; Secondly, Mr Burke from Village Roadshow announced that the proposed Graduated Response industry code has been shelved; Thirdly, Village Roadshow and Foxtel announced that they are.. Read More

What an Anton Piller order should look like

What an Anton Piller order should look like

Australia Wins Philip Morris’ Challenge Against tobacco plain packaging

Australia Wins Philip Morris’ Challenge Against tobacco plain packaging

Science Fiction

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

Dallas Buyers Club No 5

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”[1] 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’s Myriad Guidelines

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

Another Infringed Innovation Patent And A Delivery Up Question

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

Winnebago the damages or a reasonable royalty Down Under

Yates J has ordered the respondents pay a 1% royalty for passing off their RVs as Winnebago’s

Commonwealth can sue on the undertaking as to damages

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.