Murex Diagnostics Australia Pty Ltd v Chiron Corporation & Anor [1995] FCA 8

In this matter, the applicant seeks revocation of a patent issued to the first respondent, which sues by cross-claim for infringement.  The alleged invention has been the subject of prior proceedings in the United Kingdom (Chiron Corporation v. Organon Teknika Limited (No. 3) and Chiron Corporation v. Murex Diagnostics Limited (No. 3), (1994) FSR 202). The patent is concerned (inter alia) with a very important product used in the detection of the hepatitis C virus by means of an immunoassay kit working upon the principle of what is known to pathologists as the ELISA test. As Aldous J. said in the judgment cited above at 213, "every pint of blood used in transfusions in developed countries is tested using such a kit. Thus a monopoly covering such kits is of considerable commercial value ... and of importance to the public." The claimed invention is not only valuable; it arose out of scientific investigation aimed at the identification of the hepatitis C virus which, if not inventive in the relevant sense, - a matter to be determined - was at any rate prolonged, expensive, and sophisticated. The present litigation is still far from being ready for a hearing. The parties have been pursuing, in a very complex matter, the necessary steps involved in the pleading and particularization of their cases, and in the utilization of the procedures designed to uncover the facts on which those cases depend. A number of interlocutory issues have arisen, with which these reasons are concerned. Read about this case:   This case has been cited in the following lawsuits:
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