Pipers issues a bulletin on a monthly basis providing a summary of recent developments in intellectual property law and practice in Australasia and other key countries and regions such as USA, UK, Europe and Asia. Below are links to articles in the latest bulletin. Previous issues can be accessed via the left pane navigation.
Contents Summary of Latest Bulletin
Relationship Property Review Raises IP Considerations
The Law Commission has released an issues paper titled: Dividing Relationship Property - time for a change? The review of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (Act) is wide ranging and intellectual property considerations arise in several areas.
Plausibility Judged Relevant for Assessing Sufficiency
In Australian Patent Office decision Evolva SA  APO 57 the Hearings Officer approved the use of UK and European jurisprudence in assessing sufficiency, and in particular the notion of plausibility.
Method of Treatment Claims Held Not Amendable to Swiss-Style Claims
In Warner-Lambert Company LLC v Novartis (Singapore) Pte Ltd the Court of Appeal considered the allowability of amending method of treatment claims to Swiss-style claims.
Changes to UK Patent Fees and Fee Structure
Following a consultation the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has decided to both increase some fees and change the fee structure.
United States of America
USPTO to Increase Various Patent Fees
From 16th January 2018 various USPTO patent fees will increase. While the utility patent fee increases are modest there are significant increases to the design patent fees.
ESR Denied Leave to Appeal Copyright Infringement Finding
In ESR Group (NZ) Ltd v Burden the Supreme Court has dismissed ESR Group’s application for leave to appeal the Court of Appeal’s determination which found in favour of Burden.