In recent years, IP “buzzwords” have included superconductors, gene patents, business methods and computer software. Society’s ever-increasing environmental awareness now dictates that “cleantech” is the latest vogue. The Australian Patent Office offers the facility to request expedited examination of any patent application if the applicant provides good reason (this may be as vague as “commercialisation”).
There is a new option now open to patent applicants for progressing a patent application more quickly to examination, and it is available in a number of major jurisdictions across the globe. This option is known as the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) and allows patent applicants to utilise the successful examination in one jurisdiction