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Grace period provisions can overcome "whole of contents" novelty objections
  • Davies Collison Cave
  • Australia
  • August 26 2014

In a recent decision of the Deputy Commissioner of Patents, the grace period provisions of section 24 were successfully relied upon to overcome a


New Zealand Patents Act 2013 - key steps to prepare
  • Davies Collison Cave
  • Australia, New Zealand
  • August 20 2014

The New Zealand Patents Act 2013 comes into force on 13 September 2014. It is important to ensure you are ready to deal with the impact of the new


Using a competitor's trade mark in Google search results to describe your goods or services is not trade mark infringement but it's a fine line
  • Davies Collison Cave
  • Australia
  • October 7 2014

Increasing a businesses’ ranking on the first page of a search engine’s results page (i.e. on Google or Bing) has become a pivotal part of every


New Australian Government support for intellectual property commercialisation
  • Davies Collison Cave
  • Australia
  • November 20 2014

Financial assistance for IP-related expenditure including patenting and trade mark protection costs, searching costs, freedom to operate advice and


Full Federal Court: computer implementation of an otherwise unpatentable scheme does not make it patentable subject matter in Australia
  • Davies Collison Cave
  • Australia
  • November 11 2014

The Full Federal Court (FFC) handed down its long-awaited Research Affiliates appeal decision on 10 November. The FFC held that the claims of


Poisonous priority arrives in Australia and New Zealand
  • Davies Collison Cave
  • Australia, New Zealand
  • November 6 2014

The term, "poisonous priority", is a relatively recent term used to describe an unusual phenomenon encountered in Europe where a claim in a patent or


An extended sigh of relief for Lundbeck - High Court holds that failure to make a timely application for pharmaceutical patent term extensions is not excluded from remedial provisions.
  • Davies Collison Cave
  • Australia
  • November 5 2014

The long running battle in relation to Lundbeck’s LEXAPRO has finally reached an end with the High Court’s majority (3:2) finding that remedial


Federal Court confirms "key-hole arrangement" patent lacks inventive step
  • Davies Collison Cave
  • Australia, Canada
  • February 24 2014

Justice Robertson of the Federal Court of Australia has recently dismissed an appeal against the Commissioner of Patent's finding that key claims of a


The paperless court file - Australian Federal Court further streamlines the litigation process
  • Davies Collison Cave
  • Australia
  • December 19 2014

The Australian Federal Court has continued to embrace technology with its recent implementation of a "paperless" court file system. The introduction


Proposed amendments to streamline privacy and freedom of information regimes
  • Davies Collison Cave
  • Australia
  • December 19 2014

The Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill 2014 (Cth), which is currently before the Senate, proposes to abolish the Office of the