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SAS (VIC) P/L (ACN 606 188 541) v Urban Ecological Systems Ltd (ACN 113 695 837) [2021] VSCA 335

CONTRACT LAW
Victorian Court of Appeal
Judge(s): 
Sifris, Kennedy JJA and Macaulay AJA
Parties: 

SAS (VIC) P/L (ACN 606 188 541) v Urban Ecological Systems Ltd (ACN 113 695 837)

Judgment Date: 
3 December 2021
Catchwords: 

CONTRACT LAW - Agreement providing for grant of licence to use intellectual property in Australia upon achievement of milestones - Construction of contract - Whether payments made were 'royalties' - Whether royalties paid in respect of New Zealand licence sufficient to achieve milestone - Whether judge erred in identification and application of contract's commercial purpose - Whether separate free-standing entitlement to grant of Australian licence on termination of existing licence regardless of achievement of milestones - Whether existing licence terminated - No entitlement to grant of Australian licence - No error established - Application for leave to appeal refused - Apple and Pear Australia Ltd v Pink Lady America LLC [2016] VSCA 280, Great Union Pty Ltd v Sportsgirl Pty Ltd [2021] VSCA 299, discussed - Electricity Generation Corporation v Woodside Energy Ltd (2014) 251 CLR 640, Mount Bruce Mining Pty Ltd v Wright (2015) 256 CLR 104, applied.

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