It is becoming clearer when computer-implemented methods are likely, or unlikely, to be deemed patentable subject matter in Australia – Encompass, Rokt and other recent decisions

During the past decade, the patent-eligibility of computer-implemented methods has been a particularly vexing focal point for Australian patent law and practice. With computer technologies now ubiquitous and relatively mature, applying the centuries-old “manner of manufacture” test in a way that is practical and predictable in the eyes of practitioners and their clients has proven

Apple showcases value of registered design protection

The value and power of registered design protection has been confirmed by the United States Federal Circuit Court of Appeal in its decision of 18 May 2015, upholding an earlier decision, that certain of Samsung’s smartphones infringed Apple’s patented designs directed to its iPhone.   This decision highlights the value of securing registered design rights

Apple not ‘Appy’ with what’s in store for App Store

Apple Inc v The Registrar of Trade Marks [2014] FCA 1304 Key issue Trade marks which lack distinctiveness and have not acquired distinctiveness through use. Facts A launched its App Store in Australia on 11 July 2008. One week later, it applied to register APP STORE as a trade mark for retail store services featuring computer