Identifying new uses to existing drugs is not uncommon. In fact, repurposing existing drugs to treat disorders other than its initially-approved indication holds real potential in providing patients options when access to other effective treatments is unavailable. When a drug is repurposed, its safety profile,...

Double patenting is the granting of two patents for a single invention to the same Applicant in a single country. Double patenting is not allowed because two patents for the same invention cannot be granted to the same Applicant. This article goes through the differences...

Following decisions by the Federal Court and the Full Federal Court of Australia, the High Court has delivered its verdict on the question of whether the refilling and reselling of used printer cartridges infringes patents directed to the cartridges. The Seiko Epson Corporation is the patentee...

Many clients request worldwide patent protection and while theoretically this might be possible, for example by filing a patent application in every country or region that has a patent system, this is not a cost-effective option for many Applicants.  Some confusion may have occurred because Applicants may have heard of an ‘International patent...

[caption id="attachment_25592" align="alignright" width="306"] Photo created by aleksandarlittlewolf - www.freepik.com[/caption] The Australian Patent Office has recently re-affirmed in Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. et al [2020] APO 43 that a request for a pharmaceutical patent term extension (PTE) must be based on the earliest first regulatory approval...

The rules regarding patent amendments for Australian amendments change once the patent has undergone substantive examination and stands accepted. The same changed rules also apply after the grant of an Australian Patent.   Unlike some other major jurisdictions such as Europe and the USA which allow a patent to be opposed within a...

[caption id="attachment_25293" align="alignright" width="200"] Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash[/caption] A Pharmaceutical Patent Term Extension is an option that is available to eligible patentees in Australia and is intended to restore a portion of the patent term that is lost while the pharmaceutical product awaits regulatory approval. Under Australian...

Have you just received a cease-and-desist letter from someone accusing you of infringing their patent? Does the letter order you to stop all your commercial activities immediately? An accusation of patent infringement is a serious concern which can prove to be a costly mistake, if ignored. However,...

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