Is IP Australia intent on restricting patentable subject matter in Australia?

Between August and November 2017, IP Australia sought public comment on several Government-supported IP policies, including:   the introduction of an objects clause into the Patents Act; and amending the inventive step requirements for Australian patents. Now, IP Australia’s response to the public consultation process has been released and the news does not appear to

Has “Raising the Bar” actually raised the bar on inventive step?

Nearly four years ago, on 15 April 2013, Australian patent law entered a brave new world.  Gone were the days of so-called “soft” patentability criteria that were out of kilter with those of our major trading partners – the Raising the Bar Act was going to change all of that.  One reputedly soft criterion was

Computer-implemented inventions and business method patents in Australia: 2011 Update

There has recently been a marked shift in the attitude of the Australian Patent Office (APO) in relation to the patentability of computer-implemented inventions and business methods. In short, the practice of the APO has changed in a manner that causes complications for patent applications in these areas of technology currently under examination. However, the