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s138 PA

(3)The application process and the role of patent attorneys

The role of the patent attorney: ss200, 201 PA (RR 2005 at 809-810)

The application process (RR 2005 at 810-819)

(4)Ownership and exploitation of rights

Who may be granted a patent – s15 PA

Polwood Pty Ltd v Foxworth Pty Ltd [2008] FCAFC 9.

University of Western Australia v Gray (No.20) [2008] FCA 498 (on appeal to Full Court)

Exclusive ‘exploitation’ rights of patent owner – s13 PA
Assignment of interest in patent – s14 PA
Term of grant – s67 (standard patent), s68 (innovation patent)


(a)Relevant statutory provisions

Who may bring proceedings – ss120(2), (3) PA

When may proceedings be brought – s120(4) PA

Where may proceedings be commenced – s120(1) PA

Counterclaim for revocation of patent – s121 PA

Infringement by doing any of the patentee ‘exploitation’ rights – s13 PA, Dictionary definition of ‘exploit'

(b)How is infringement determined?

Construction of patent claims – approaches to construction (literal, purposive, pith and marrow)

* Clark v Adie (1877) 2 App Cas 315

* Van Der Lely v Bamfords [1963] RPC 61; (1962) 1A IPR 86

Rodi and Weinenberger v Henry Showell [1969] RPC 367

Catnic Components v Hill and Smith [1982] RPC 183; [1978] FSR 405 (MBG 2007 at 485)


Contributory infringement – s117 PA

Rescare Ltd v Anaesthetic Supplies Pty Ltd (1992) 111 ALR 205

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co v FH Faulding & Co (2000) 46 IPR 553 (Full Fed Ct) (RR 2005 at 835-840)


Defences to infringement – s118, s119 PA

Merck KGAA v Integra Life Sciences Limited (June 2005) US Supreme Court (defence to patent infringement in US: research exemption)

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