Patentable subject matter – a skill game

Patentable subject matter – a skill game

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Based on our investigation into the recent court and IP Australia decisions on patentability of four Aristocrat software innovation patents, we present three actionable steps in this article for patent attorneys and innovators to reduce subject matter objection risk for software patents from the outset. This article also gives an example of a certified software innovation patent without the subject matter objection raised during certification.

Innovators: what does the 2016 Budget mean for you?

Innovators: what does the 2016 Budget mean for you?

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Innovation is critical to Australia’s growth and standard of living. Supporting innovative firms to seize new opportunities will create competition, access to new markets and employment growth. 2016-2017 Australian Federal Budget The 2016 Budget is out, and it’s good news for innovators and small business. Strong support for innovation As promised in his leadership campaign, Turnbull’s …

Should there be an age limit on innovation?

Should there be an age limit on innovation?

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In the Innovation Statement announced by Australian Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull in December 2015, the stance taken by the government was one of optimism and increased funding to support innovative companies and individuals, touting the emergence of the “idea’s boom”.  Approximately $1.1 Billion was pledged to be invested in innovative Australians over four years, with …

Intellectual property issues raised in competition policy review

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In 2013, the Australian Government commissioned an expert panel review of competition policy in Australia. The final report of the panel (known as the Harper Review) was issued in March 2015. The report makes 56 recommendations for reforms across a wide spectrum of policy, laws and institutions. Three of the recommendations relate to intellectual property …

Australian Intellectual Property Report 2014

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The Australian Patent Office, IP Australia has recently released a report on the state of IP Rights in Australia in the year 2013. The annual report, in it’s second year, compares Australia to similar IP systems around the world. Notably, there were an increase in applications filed compared to 2012. Specifically, patent filings increased by …

Important patent legislation changes in Australia effective 15 April 2013

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The Australian Parliament recently passed the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (“Raising the Bar”) Act 2012 (“the Act”), which received Royal Assent on 15 April 2012.  The Patent legislation changes will come into effect on 15 April 2013.  The changes will implement stricter patentability and specification requirements for patent applications. Which applications are affected? The legislation …