Australia’s Innovation Patent to be abolished by legislation now passed in Federal Parliament

Australia’s second-tier “innovation patent” – rumours of its demise have (unfortunately, not) been greatly exaggerated.     The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Bill 2019 has now passed with a clear majority through both houses of Australia’s Federal Parliament.  The headline act of the new legislation is that

Australia’s innovation patent, extinct by June 2021

The Intellectual Property Amendment (Productivity Commission Response part 2 and other Measures) Bill 2019 was passed by the Senate on 16 October 2019. This will result in the abolition of Australia’s second-tier patent system, the innovation patent.   Many small- and medium-sized Australian businesses and relevant industry groups, including the Australian Chamber of Commerce and

The proposed long, slow death of Australia’s innovation patent

Attempts to kill off Australia’s second-tier “innovation patent” system have been ongoing for a number of years.  In the most recent challenge, the Productivity Commission has been the lead prosecutor and professional bodies such as IPTA (the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia) have acted for the defence.  The Australian Government is,