In recent years, IP “buzzwords” have included superconductors, gene patents, business methods and computer software. Society’s ever-increasing environmental awareness now dictates that “cleantech” is the latest vogue. The Australian Patent Office offers the facility to request expedited examination of any patent application if the applicant provides good reason (this may be as vague as “commercialisation”).
Australian patent applicants take note: there is now a way to speed up the progress of your corresponding European application. If you obtain an accepted Australian application (or have a granted Australian patent) and have at least one of those accepted claims in your European application, you can use the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) to