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Abstract

The High Court entertained three appeals concerned with inventiveness after 2000: Firebelt Pty Ltd v Brambles Australia Ltd [2002] HCA 21 (23 May 2002) (relating to a petty patent); Aktiebolaget Hassle v Alphapharm Pty Limited [2002] HCA 59 (12 December 2002) and Lockwood Security Products Pty Ltd v Doric Products Pty Ltd [2007] HCA (23 May 2007) . Alphapharm related to the application of the 1952 Patents Act, but both Firebelt and Lockwood No 2 dealt with the threshold test of inventiveness under the 1990 Act, as it stood before the 2001 amendments. Both concerned combination patents, in Firebelt waste removal trucks, and in Lockwood rim-mounted door locks with a new mechanical feature.

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