Latest updates to Patent Law in Australia
ToolGen Inc v Fisher (No 2)  FCA 794
ToolGen Inc v Fisher (No 2)  FCA 794 affirms the established proposition that, for a claim to be entitled to priority from an earlier patent application, that application must contain a disclosure of the later-claimed invention which enables the addressee of the specification to obtain or carry out anything within the scope of the claim without placing an “undue burden” on the skilled addressee. It was held that in this case the claims were not enabled by the priority document, essentially because the priority document did not teach that a system as described in it, but derived from other bacterial species than the one identified specifically in the priority document, could reasonably be expected to show the useful property of the system disclosed in the priority document.
Vehicle Monitoring Systems Pty Ltd v SARB Management Group Pty Ltd (t/as Database Consultants Australia) (No 8)  FCA 182 includes consideration of the circumstances in which authorisation of an infringing act may occur, in particular where the alleged authorisation occurred outside the limitation period set by Patents Act 1990 (Cth) s 120(4), but the infringing act took place within that period.
In Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation v Urrbrae Foods Pty Ltd  FCA 504 it was held that “preliminary discovery” (so as to enable a potential applicant to decide whether or not to start infringement proceedings) is not limited to an order for the provision of documents but can include an order for any of the other actions that are set out in Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) rule 14.01.
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