Software Patents in Australia: Hope in a High Court Appeal

Recently, we posted some commentary on a recent decision[1] (the RPL decision) on software patents by the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia (FCAFC).  In short: the FCAFC set out new principles for determining patentability of computer-implemented inventions in Australia.  This test, on our interpretation, involves an initial assessment of whether the substance

Software patents in Australia: Challenging Times Ahead

The full Federal Court has introduced new and unexpected requirements for patentability of inventions in the information technology space in Commissioner of Patents v RPL Central Pty Ltd [2015] FCAFC 177.   In essence, the RPL decision boils down to the following statements of principle: “A technological innovation is patentable; a business innovation is not”;