Fuchs Lubricants (Australasia) Pty Ltd v Quaker Chemical (Australasia) Pty Ltd [2021] FCAFC 65 (05 May 2021) (Beach, Moshinsky and Thawley JJ)


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PATENTS – standard and innovation patents for a method for detecting fluid injection in a patient – whether invalid for lack of novelty – working in public of the invention within the period of 12 months before the priority date – working for the purposes of “reasonable trial” – grace period exception under s 24(1)(a) of the Patents Act 1990 (Cth) – reg 2.2(2)(d) of the Patents Regulations 1991 (Cth) – infringement of patents – indirect infringement – s 117(2)(b) of the Act – application of objective standard – “reason to believe” – whether primary judge applied a subjective test – additional damages for infringement – s 122(1A) of the Act – exercise of discretion – appeal allowed