(2)  Nothing in this Act makes the Crown liable to be prosecuted for an offence. (2)  In proceedings under subsection (1): (a)  the alleged relevant authority is the defendant; and. There is no co-existing state legislation. (1)  A patentee who has applied for an extension of the term of a standard patent may, by notice in writing to the Commissioner, withdraw the application. A reference in this Chapter to a nominated person or to a patentee includes a reference to the successor in title of the nominated person or patentee or an exclusive licensee of the nominated person or patentee. (2)  After the time specified in the regulations, a reference in this section to an address includes a reference to an electronic address. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Legislation Register (www.legislation.gov.au). (6)  Subject to subsection (6A), a person may, as prescribed, oppose the granting under subsection (2) or (2A) of the application. (4)  An amendment by the Commissioner has effect, and is to be taken always to have had effect, accordingly. (3)  The Commissioner may summon a witness under paragraph (1)(a) whether the witness is in or out of the patent area. (b)  whose functions or duties relate to the administration of a law of New Zealand relating to patents for inventions. (2)  The examination must be carried out in accordance with the regulations. (2)  If an application for an extension of the term of a standard patent is withdrawn, the Commissioner must publish in the Official Journal a notice stating that the application has been withdrawn. (ii)  on application made by one or more persons in accordance with the regulations, that the persons and the former patentee are eligible persons in relation to the invention concerned, so far as is claimed in any claim of the revoked patent (the original claim); the Commissioner may declare in writing that the eligible persons are such eligible persons. includes a person entitled to make a request under section 113 in relation to the relevant patent application. (1)  Where an application has lapsed under section 148, the applicant may, in writing, ask the Commissioner to restore it. If an application under section 128 for relief relates to threats made in respect of a standard patent or an application for a standard patent, the court may grant the applicant the relief applied for unless the respondent satisfies the court that the acts about which the threats were made infringed, or would infringe: (a)  a claim that is not shown by the applicant to be invalid; or. The Patents Act 1977 sets out the requirements for patent applications, how the patent-granting process should operate, and the law relating to disputes concerning patents. (1)  The relief which a court may grant for infringement of a patent includes an injunction (subject to such terms, if any, as the court thinks fit) and, at the option of the plaintiff, either damages or an account of profits. Deakin Law Review, 16(2), pp. (5)  On the allowance of an amendment, the amendment is to be taken to have been made. (3)  The grounds for the revocation of the patent under subsection (2) are as follows: (a)  that the specification filed in respect of the complete application does not comply with subsection 40(2) or (3); (b)  that the invention, so far as claimed, does not comply with paragraph 18(1A)(a), (b) or (c); (c)  that the invention is not a patentable invention under subsection 18(2) or (3). 237  Orders, directions etc. Note:          The Personal Property Securities Act 2009 deals with the rights of purchasers of personal property (including intellectual property such as patents) that is subject to PPSA security interests. (b)  the Commissioner notifies the person of the actions the Commissioner may take under section 210A if the person fails or refuses to comply with the requirement. (3)  A prosecution for an offence against this Act must not be started in the Federal Court. (1)  The Federal Court has jurisdiction with respect to matters arising under this Act. The legal requirements for obtaining a pharmaceutical PTE as stated in the Australian Patents Act 1990 are: The patent must relate to a pharmaceutical substance per se or a pharmaceutical substance when produced by recombinant DNA technology. (1)  The Governor‑General may direct that a patent, or an invention that is the subject of a patent application, be acquired by the Commonwealth. Order for amendment during relevant proceedings. (5)  An applicant of a PCT application must do the following within the prescribed period: (a)  if the application was not filed in the receiving Office in English—file a translation of the application into English; (b)  in any case—file the prescribed documents and pay the prescribed fees. (2)  For the purposes of this Act, a prescribed document is taken to have been filed with the Patent Office if the document is delivered or given to: (a)  the New Zealand Commissioner of Patents; or, (b)  a New Zealand Assistant Commissioner of Patents; or. (5)  If the patentee offers the other parties to a contract mentioned in subsection (4) a new contract that does not contain the void condition but that otherwise gives the parties the same rights as the existing contract, then, whether or not the other parties accept the new contract in place of the existing contract, subsection (4) ceases to apply, but the patentee is not entitled to damages or an account of profit for an infringement of the patent committed before the offer of the new contract. (b)  is not such a person but performs services, in the Patent Office, for or on behalf of the Commonwealth. (3)  Both of the following conditions must be satisfied in relation to at least one of those pharmaceutical substances: (a)  goods containing, or consisting of, the substance must be included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods; (b)  the period beginning on the date of the patent and ending on the first regulatory approval date for the substance must be at least 5 years. (9)  A reference in this section to engaging in conduct includes a reference to failing or refusing to engage in conduct. (b)  offer to supply (including supply by way of sale, exchange, lease, hire or hire‑purchase). (7)  An appeal lies to the Federal Court against a decision of the Commissioner under subsection (1). (2)  The Commonwealth, the Commissioner, a Deputy Commissioner, an employee, or a New Zealand delegate, is not liable because of, or in connection with, doing any act under this Act or the PCT, or any proceedings consequent on doing any such act. 178  False representations about patents or patented articles. (4)  For the purposes of this section, the question of whether an electronic address is in Australia is to be determined in accordance with the regulations. (3)  Subject to subsections (4) and (5), a Convention application must be made and dealt with in the same way as any other patent application. (2)  The court may make orders as to costs as the court thinks fit. (2)  The Register may be kept wholly or partly by use of a computer. (5)  For the purposes of subsection (4), the information is of the following kinds: (a)  prior art information made publicly available in a single document or through doing a single act; (b)  prior art information made publicly available in 2 or more related documents, or through doing 2 or more related acts, if the relationship between the documents or acts is such that a person skilled in the relevant art would treat them as a single source of that information. (b)  is managed by a registered patent attorney on behalf of the legal representative. (2)  Where a complete application has been made for a standard patent, the Commissioner may, on one or more of the prescribed grounds and in accordance with the regulations, direct the applicant to ask, within the prescribed period, for an examination of the patent request and complete specification relating to the application. (1)  The name of a person registered as a patent attorney may be removed from the Register of Patent Attorneys in the prescribed manner and on the prescribed grounds. (7)  For the purposes of subsection (6), the amount of the fee in New Zealand currency is to be ascertained in accordance with the regulations. means the person who holds or performs the duties of the office or position of Commissioner of Patents under or in accordance with a law of New Zealand. (c)  a complete application is made by one or more of the eligible persons under section 29 for a patent in relation to the invention; the Commissioner may grant an innovation patent for the invention, so far as so claimed, to those eligible persons jointly. director of a company has the same meaning as in the Corporations Act 2001. Australia: Patent Litigation. (3)  The Commissioner must not make a declaration under subsection (1) without first giving the nominated person a reasonable opportunity to be heard. (2D)  A person is not eligible for appointment as a member of the Board mentioned in paragraph (2A)(a), (d) or (e) unless the Minister is satisfied that the person has: (a)  substantial experience or knowledge; and. 26  Validity not affected in certain cases involving amendments. (a)  a relevant act that is required to be done within a certain time is not done within that time; and. (3)  The Commissioner may, in deciding whether to revoke the patent, take into account any ground on which the grant of an innovation patent may be opposed, whether relied upon by the opponent or not. (2G)  The Director‑General of IP Australia may appoint an APS employee to be his or her deputy for the purpose of attendance at one or more specified meetings of the Board. (1)  The general rule is that a patent of addition remains in force for so long as the patent for the main invention remains in force. (4)  A person (the disposer) may dispose of the whole of the disposer’s entitlement under subsection (1) to do an act without infringing a patent to another person (the recipient). relevant proceedings, in relation to a patent, means court proceedings: (c)  in which the validity of the patent, or of a claim, is in dispute. (3)  The patentee must be joined as a respondent in the proceedings. (1)  If a complete application for a standard patent has been made, the Commissioner may conduct a preliminary search and opinion in relation to the patent request and specification relating to the application. (b)  is inconsistent with the terms of an agreement between the patentees. (b)  published in the Official Journal and the Gazette unless, in the case of the acquisition of an invention that is the subject of an application for a patent, a prohibition order, or an order under section 152, is in force in respect of the application. , in Chapter 15, has the same meaning as in the Safeguards Act. Commissioner to deal with notice in accordance with regulations. (b)  the company is not a registered patent attorney. (c)  there are no relevant proceedings pending. , in relation to a patent request and complete specification relating to an application for a standard patent, means search and opinion under section 43A. (b)  in relation to an innovation patent—an examination of the complete specification relating to the patent under section 101B. (b)  in relation to an innovation patent—the re‑examination of the innovation patent under Part 2 of Chapter 9A. (3)  In deciding how the defendant is to adduce evidence for the purposes of subsection (2), the court is to take into account the defendant’s legitimate interests in having business and manufacturing secrets protected. Special provision is made for compulsory licences to exploit patented pharmaceutical inventions. (c)  the Commissioner decides, under section 60: (i)  that both the nominated person and one or more of the opponents are eligible persons in relation to the invention, so far as claimed in any claim of the opposed patent application (the original claim); and, (ii)  that there is no other reason that a patent should not be granted; and. Note:          Designated Manager is defined by section 200A. (3)  If the Register of Patent Attorneys is kept wholly or partly by use of a computer, references in this Act to an entry in the Register of Patent Attorneys are to be read as including references to a record of particulars kept by use of the computer and comprising the Register of Patent Attorneys or part of the Register of Patent Attorneys. See subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code. means letters patent for an invention granted under section 61. , in Chapter 17, includes the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and Norfolk Island. Note:          For the purposes of paragraph (e), the later application need not have been made in the same Convention country as the earlier application. A copy of each report relating to an examination or a re‑examination under this Act must, subject to Chapters 15 and 17, be given to the applicant or patentee, as the case requires. (2C)  Each member of the Board mentioned in paragraph (2A)(a), (d) or (e) is to be appointed by the Minister by written instrument. ], (a)  for the purposes of subsection 7(1)—information that is part of the prior art base in relation to deciding whether an invention is or is not novel; and, (b)  for the purposes of subsection 7(3)—information that is part of the prior art base in relation to deciding whether an invention does or does not involve an inventive step; and. (1)  Subject to this section, where there are 2 or more applications for patents for identical, or substantially identical, inventions, the granting of a patent on one of those applications does not prevent the granting of a patent on any of the other applications. 169  Declarations that inventions have been exploited. (b)  purposes connected with obtaining a similar approval under a law of another country or region. (b)  the person, by means of circulars, advertisements or otherwise, threatens a person with infringement proceedings or other similar proceedings in respect of the patent applied for, or the patent, as the case may be; then, for the purposes of an application for relief under section 128 by the person threatened, the threats are unjustifiable. (b)  the patentee has contravened, or is contravening, Part IV of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 or an application law (as defined in section 150A of that Act) in connection with the patent. after priority date. 101B  Examination of an innovation patent, What the Commissioner must do in examining a patent. 202B  Documents prepared by incorporated patent attorneys and incorporated legal practices. Chapter 23—Transitional and savings provisions, 231  Application of Part III of 1989 Amending Act. Patent Office means the Patent Office established under this Act. (4)  For the purposes of subsection (3), it is immaterial whether the disclosure takes place in New Zealand. (1)  The Commissioner may take one or more of the actions listed in subsection (2) in relation to a person if: (a)  the Commissioner summons the person to appear as a witness under paragraph 210(1)(a) or requires the person to produce a document or article under paragraph 210(1)(c); and, (b)  the person refuses or fails to comply with the summons or requirement; and. (1)  The Commissioner, each Deputy Commissioner and each employee must not disclose information about a matter that has been or is being dealt with under this Act or the 1952 Act unless required or authorised to do so by this Act, a written direction of the Commissioner or an order of a court. This Part deals with the parties to proceedings under this Chapter (other than proceedings under Part 3). Part 2—Examination of standard patent requests and specifications, Division 1A—Preliminary search and opinion. (4)  The patentee may appeal to the Federal Court against a decision of the Commissioner under this section. (b)  the circumstances in which PCT applications become open to public inspection. Commissioner may require prescribed documents be made available. associated technology has the same meaning as in the Safeguards Act. (4)  Where relevant proceedings in relation to a patent are pending, the Commissioner must not re‑examine the complete specification relating to the patent under subsection (2). 136K  PPI compulsory licences—nature of orders. 213  Making and signing applications etc. (b)  a document in the Patent Office or its library was available for public inspection on a date specified in the certificate; is prima facie evidence of the matters in the certificate. 201A  When a person carries on business, practises or acts as a patent attorney. Preview. (c)  the exercise of a right under section 16 in relation to the patent. (2)  A patent mentioned in subsection (1) does not have effect in any place in which it did not have effect immediately before the commencing day. (b)  in any other case—only in relation to proceedings instituted by a natural person who is resident in the Territory, or a corporation that has its principal place of business in the Territory, at the time the proceedings are started. (7)  The patentee, and any opponent, may appeal to the Federal Court against a decision of the Commissioner under this section. (f)  for the purpose of carrying out or giving effect to the TRIPS Agreement. deposit requirements means the requirements specified in paragraphs 6(a) to (d), inclusive. 119B  Infringement exemptions: acts for obtaining regulatory approval (non‑pharmaceuticals). (b)  that the patentee and another person or persons are eligible persons in relation to an invention so far as claimed in any claim of the first patent (the original claim); the court, in addition to any other order it may make in the proceedings, may, by order, declare that the persons who it is satisfied are eligible persons are eligible persons in relation to that invention so far as so claimed. (c)  the Commissioner is satisfied on the balance of probabilities, in relation to an invention disclosed in the specification filed in relation to the application for the patent: (i)  that the nominated person is not an eligible person, but that the section 36 applicants are eligible persons; or. 220  Costs of attendance of patent attorney. 37  Complete application may be treated as provisional. (b)  the time for doing that act or those acts is extended; the application or patent must be treated as having been restored. (b)  a prescribed document discloses, or a prescribed set of prescribed documents considered together disclose, the invention in the claim in a manner that is clear enough and complete enough for the invention to be performed by a person skilled in the relevant art. The patent office of Australia is IP Australia, and they grant software patents. This is a compilation of the Patents Act 1990 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 24 February 2017 (the compilation date). (d)  the airspace above Australia and the Australian continental shelf. (b)  the complete specification filed in respect of the original application was open to public inspection when the divisional application was made; the Commissioner must publish a notice in the Official Journal that the complete specification filed in respect of the divisional application is open to public inspection. A unique casebook methodology and approach to the selection of cases which covers the basics, while keeping current policy challenges and international perspectives at the fore. (1)  A patent application, other than a PCT application, may be withdrawn if all of the following conditions are met: (a)  the applicant lodges a written notice of withdrawal signed by the applicant; (b)  if the application has been opposed under section 59—the Commissioner has consented to the withdrawal; (c)  if the regulations prescribe a period within which an application must not be withdrawn—the withdrawal will not occur within the prescribed period. (c)  must appear if directed to do so by the court. Balancing both the practical nature of IP Australia processes and in-depth analysis of statute and case law, Patent Law in Australia Third Edition navigates every aspect of the patenting process, with detailed commentary on the law pertaining to each stage. (c)  Australian patent attorney practice; (d)  New Zealand patent attorney practice; (e)  Australian trade mark attorney practice; (f)  the regulation of persons engaged in a prescribed occupation; (2E)  A member of the Board holds office on a part‑time basis. The court may order a compulsory licence to be granted if the reasonable requirements of the public are not being met with respect to a patented invention. means any manner of new manufacture the subject of letters patent and grant of privilege within section 6 of the Statute of Monopolies, and includes an alleged invention. (ii)  information contained in a published specification filed in respect of a complete application where: (A)  if the information is, or were to be, the subject of a claim of the specification, the claim has, or would have, a priority date earlier than that of the claim under consideration; and, (B)  the specification was published on or after the priority date of the claim under consideration; and. (4)  A court must not make an order under subsection (3) on the ground that the patentee is not entitled to the patent unless the court is satisfied that, in all the circumstances, it is just and equitable to do so. A patent may be granted to 2 or more nominated persons jointly. (ii)  do an act described in subparagraph (a)(i), (ii), (iii) or (iv) with a product resulting from the use of the method or process. The Minister or other person may not oppose the grant of the extension on any other ground. (1)  A person may apply to the Federal Court for an order revoking a PPI compulsory licence. (c)  the micro‑organism is not reasonably available to a person skilled in the relevant art in the patent area; the specification is to be taken to comply with paragraph 40(2)(a), so far as it requires a description of the micro‑organism, if, and only if, the deposit requirements are satisfied in relation to the micro‑organism. patent attorney director has the meaning given by subsection 198(11). (b)  does not file the prescribed documents (if any) within the prescribed period. patented process means a process in respect of which a patent has been granted and is in force. (3)  A patent of addition must not be granted before the patent for the main invention is granted. (b)  other information to be made available by the licensee and the way in which it is to be made available. 121A  Burden of proof—infringement of patent for a process. Chapter 12—Compulsory licences and revocation of patents. (g)  the application and complete specification must be treated as having been filed on the date on which the relevant international application was filed. 183  Unauthorised disclosure of information by employees etc. rules relating to micro‑organisms means such provisions of the Budapest Treaty, and such provisions made by or under regulations made under section 228, as are applicable. Offence—acting after 7 days without patent attorney director. (3)  This section does not apply to an amendment for the purposes of: (a)  correcting a clerical error or an obvious mistake made in, or in relation to, a complete specification; or. means the continental shelf adjacent to the coast of Australia (including the coast of any island forming part of a State or Territory). Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act. 56A  Publication and inspection of PCT applications. (b)  impose restrictions on the circumstances in which the buyer, lessee or licensee may apply for examination of the patent. (4)  The Commissioner must not make a declaration under subsection (2), or rectify the Register under subsection (3), without first giving the following persons a reasonable opportunity to be heard: (a)  the person whose entitlement is not properly recorded by the Register; (b)  any person whose entitlement to the patent, or a share in the patent, is recorded in the Register. (1)  Objection cannot be taken to a patent request and specification that have been accepted, and a patent is not invalid, merely because the specification claims an invention that was not the subject of the request, or that was not described or claimed in the specification as filed. (6)  On the allowance of an amendment, the amendment is to be taken to have been made. patentee means the person for the time being entered in the Register as the grantee or proprietor of a patent. (1)  Particulars of standards patents in force, and other prescribed particulars relating to standard patents (if any), must be registered in that part of the Register dealing with standard patents. Post navigation. means a barrister or solicitor of the High Court or of the Supreme Court of a State or Territory. after priority date, 24 Validity not affected by making information available in certain circumstances, 26 Validity not affected in certain cases involving amendments, 27 Notice of matters affecting validity of standard patents, 28 Notice of matters affecting validity of innovation patents, 29A Applications for patents—special rules for PCT applications, 29B Applications for patents—special rules for Convention applications, 34 Applications by eligible persons arising out of Court proceedings, 35 Applications by eligible persons following revocation by Commissioner, 36 Other applications by eligible persons, 37 Complete application may be treated as provisional, 42 Micro-organisms ceasing to be reasonably available, 49 Acceptance of patent request: standard patent, 49A Postponing acceptance of patent request: standard patent, 50 Application or grant may be refused in certain cases, 52 Formalities check and acceptance of innovation patents. 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