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Recent publications

Date: 07 Oct 2015
The High Court of Australia today unanimously allowed an appeal from the Full Federal Court, holding that isolated nucleic acid (such as DNA or RNA) corresponding to forms of the BRCA1 gene associated with increased cancer risk is not a ‘patentable invention’ within the meaning of Australia’s Patents Act 1990 (Cth) (Act). The decision in D'Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc [2015] HCA 35 was much anticipated, with potentially wide-ranging implications for access to certain types of genetic material by the scientific and research community. We summarise the High Court’s decision below.
Date: 30 Sep 2015
How do you resolve an apparent competition between two separate pieces of legislation, where one creates rights that are seemingly taken away by the other? This was the question recently considered by the High Court in a dispute between a landlord and tenant where the issue of statutory illegality came to the fore. In Gnych v Polish Club Ltd, the High Court ruled that the landlord could not rely on its own breach of one statute to argue against the existence of a lease under another statute.
Date: 24 Sep 2015
In a recent decision of the Supreme Court of Queensland, the 'no licence, no pay' principle was applied to prevent unlicensed electricians and unregistered engineers from pursuing payment for their working under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) (BCIPA).