High Court of Australia

Apotex Pty Ltd v Sanofi-Aventis Australia Pty Ltd [2013] HCA 50

88 ALJR 261; 304 ALR 1

4 Dec 2013

Case Number: S219/2012 S1/2013


French CJ, Hayne, Crennan, Kiefel, Gageler JJ


Intellectual property – Patents – Patent claimed administration of pharmaceutical substance as method of preventing or treating medical condition – Whether method of medical treatment of human body is patentable invention within meaning of s 18(1)(a) of Patents Act 1990 (Cth) – Whether product or process is manner of manufacture within meaning of s 6 of Statute of Monopolies – Whether novel therapeutic use of known substance is patentable invention.

Intellectual property – Patents – Infringement – Construction of claim – Patent claimed use of pharmaceutical substance for preventing or treating medical condition – Whether person who supplies drug and indicates use for treatment of different condition infringes patent under s 117(1) of Patents Act 1990 (Cth).

Words and phrases – "manner of manufacture", "patentable invention".

Patents Act 1990 (Cth) – ss 13(1), 18(1)(a), 18(2), 117(1), 119A, 138(3)(b), Sched 1. >br/> Statute of Monopolies 1623 (21 Jac I c 3), s 6.

Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (Cth) – s 16(1).


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