Time is running out for thinking ahead

Relevance of new Australian legislation to pending and potential Australian patent applications As you will no doubt be aware, due to recent changes to Australian patent legislation, the patentability standards applicable to all Australian patent applications for which examination is requested on or after 15 April 2013 will be raised. The new higher standards can be

Australian Patent Office proposes shortened time period for examination

IP Australia, the government body responsible for the administration of IP in Australia has released an exposure draft of the proposed Regulations to implement The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012. Most provisions of the Act, including the implementing Regulations will come into effect on the 15 April 2013. The proposed Regulations, among

Who gets a hearing? Implementation of the “two-month deadline” for Australian divisional applications

The Australian Patent Office has been progressively implementing measures to expedite examination of divisional applications. Directions to request examination now issue within two months of filing and official reports issue within two months of examination being requested (compared to 24 months and 14 months, respectively, for non-divisional standard patent applications).   The Patent Office has