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

Three strikes, you’re out: Rosuvastatin generics in the clear

The High Court of Australia handed down its decision yesterday in the appeal by AstraZeneca (AstraZeneca AB v Apotex Pty Ltd (2015) HCA 30), against last year’s ruling by the Full Court of the Federal Court,  affirming the Full Court’s decision that AstraZeneca’s low dose rosuvastatin patent was obvious.   The High Court has unanimously

Patent law change in New Zealand – Five reasons to act now!

New Zealand’s new Patents Act 2013 commences on 13 September 2014 and introduces higher patentability standards as well as increased official fees. A PCT national phase entry or a Paris Convention complete application filed in New Zealand before 13 September 2014 will be examined under the current, less stringent provisions and will be subject to lower official fees during prosecution.

New Zealand hits ‘Go’ on new Patent law

In late August 2013 the New Zealand Patents Bill passed its final reading in Parliament. When it comes into effect, anticipated to be around a year away, it will make sweeping changes to New Zealand patent law across the board. In our article of last week, we introduced the new Act and some of the

No more Notices of Entitlement

Recent changes to the Patents Regulations 1991 (effective for applications for which examination was requested on or after 15 April 2013) have removed the requirement to lodge a Notice of Entitlement for Australian patent applications prior to acceptance (except for applications that rely on a micro-organism deposit for enablement). Instead, it is now necessary to

Progress en route to New Zealand’s new Patents Act

The exposure draft of the Patents Bill was released in 2004; we are now well into 2012 – and New Zealand still doesn’t have its new Patents Act. The term “progress” is thereby somewhat subjective. In this article, we briefly explain some of the reasons why, despite much promise, nothing has yet transpired. The Patents Bill 2008 had its first

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