Facebook wins on patentable subject matter despite generic computer implementation

In a recent Australian Patent Office decision of Facebook, Inc. [2020] APO 19 (21 April 2020), a Delegate for the Commissioner of Patents (the Delegate) found that claims to a method that helps applications share information are directed to patentable subject matter based on the technical improvement provided, despite concluding that the claims only required

Software Patent Wars: A New Hope

Australian Patent Office decision approves gaming machine user interface It has been a rough few years for software patents in Australia.  Since 2010, the Patent Office appears to have been on a crusade to limit the extent of what can be patented in the computer-implemented space.  Finally, after what seemed like an age of consistent