Federal Court to Implement new Patent Procedure

Attached as a schedule to the judgment of Heerey J in Black & Decker Inc v GMCA Pty Ltd (No 3) [2008] FCA 932 handed down yesterday was an outline of the Federal Court’s new procedure for the management of patent cases to be implemented on a trial basis.

The procedure is directed to narrowing the issues in dispute as early as possible in the proceeding in an attempt to reduce the time and cost of patent matters.