A non-obvious (inventive) solution for issuing parking infringement notices

Vehicle Monitoring Systems Pty Ltd v SARB Management Group Pty Ltd [2020] FCA 408 This decision forms part of an ongoing battle between two Australian companies over patented technology for improving the efficiency by which authorities monitor and manage access to public parking.  In this decision, the Federal Court of Australia provides some helpful guidance

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