A boost for business methods

The past few years have presented a number of challenges to applicants of business method and software patents in Australia. Shelston IP has been taking a special interest in developments, given our involvement in an upcoming appeal of Research Affiliates, the first Federal Court proceedings brought to challenge restrictive patentability thresholds of the Australian Patent Office.

Push for gene patent ban in Australia resurrected

Seemingly unsatisfied by two recent Senate Inquiry Reports which rejected proposals to legislate against gene patents, the proponents of gene patent reform appear to have resurrected their cause via a new Private Members’ Bill which once again seeks to ban gene patents in Australia. In September 2011, we reported that an attempt to ban gene