Webbot brought this back today from www.australianpatentlaw.com:
"Austal Ships Sinks in the High Court"
"Last Friday the High Court refused to grant special leave to appeal from the Full Federal Court decision in Austal Ships Sales Pty Ltd v Stena Rederi Aktiebolag  FCAFC 121, previously discussed here. The transcript of the special leave hearing can be found here.
In relation to the Full Court’s finding that despite claim 1 being incorporated by reference into claim 7, the “width requirements” of the two claims were “true alternatives”, Gummow J noted:
'Of course the ordinary idea is that these claims are dependent. I have said so myself in judgments, but that does not relieve one of the need to construe the particular instrument … Unless you have some point that the Act does not permit the construction of claims in the way that these claims are said to be formulated, it just becomes the particular case.'
This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 at 11:22 am and is filed under Australian Patents."