05 November, 2008
Spruson Latest Developments - Software and Business Method Patents in the U.S.

On 30 October 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit handed down its long awaited decision in the appeal against the United States Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO) in the case of In re Bilski. MORE

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15 October, 2008
Spruson An About Turn For Computer Sotware Patents in the UK

On 8 October 2008, the UK Court of Appeal handed down a decision dismissing an appeal by the UK Intellectual Property Office against an earlier decision of the UK High Court to allow a patent application for a computer software program by Symbian Ltd. MORE

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14 October, 2008
Spruson Kimberly-Clarke Succeeds in Trade Mark Federal Court Appeal

The Federal Court recently handed down its decision in an important trade mark case involving leading global health and hygiene company Kimberly-Clark (K-C). The decision deals with trade mark concepts of deceptive similarity and a comparison of goods and services. MORE

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25 September, 2008
Spruson Cutler Report on Australian Innovation System Released

Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, recently released the Cutler Report, which is a review of Australia’s National Innovation System. An expert panel, led by Dr Terry Cutler, reviewed Australia’s current innovation system and made a number of recommendations to stimulate innovation in Australia and improve the current system. MORE

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28 August, 2008
Spruson First Case to Deal with the Validity of Innovation Patents Handed Down

In the first case seeking to challenge an innovation patent on the basis of lack of innovative step, Spruson & Ferguson’s client, Delnorth successfully defended three innovation patents for elastically bendable roadside posts (such as guide posts) formed of sheet spring steel and successfully sued arch competitor Dura-Post for infringement of these innovation patents. MORE

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14 August, 2008
Spruson Accelerated Examination of Australian Patent Applications: Quick as a Flash!!

Australian patent law has for some time now had a provision (regulation 3.17(2)) where examination of a patent application can be expedited at the applicant’s request. The Commissioner of Patents must be satisfied that expedited examination is in the public interest, or there are special circumstances that make it desirable to do so. MORE

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29 May, 2008
Spruson US and UK Courts Consider Business Method Patents in May

May 2008 is shaping up to be a big month for the patenting of business methods in the United States and the United Kingdom. Contemporaneously, courts in both countries have considered the patentability of business methods, with potentially important consequences for patent owners in both countries. MORE

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19 May, 2008
Spruson UWA appeals against recent Federal Court decision on IP ownership

Our previous news alert reported on the recent decision of the Federal Court on ownership of employee-generated intellectual property in University of Western Australia (UWA) v Gray (No 20) [2008] FCA 498. MORE

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13 May, 2008
Spruson Alphapharm Pty Ltd v H Lundbeck A/S - Implications for chemical patents in Australia

The Federal Court of Australia has recently issued a decision that has important implications for chemical patents in Australia, and especially for patents concerned with pharmaceutical substances. MORE

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24 April, 2008
Spruson IP ownership in university employment - A duty to conduct general research distinguished from a duty to invent

A recent decision of the Federal Court has undermined the certainty of ownership of intellectual property by universities, and highlighted the importance of employment contracts having express provisions governing intellectual property generated by staff during the course of their employment. MORE

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