Private Member’s Bill proposes second-tier New Zealand “advancement patent”

A New Zealand “innovation (or advancement) patent”?  Now distinctly possible.  Australia’s second-tier innovation patent regime has been all over the news recently – literally overnight, it went from death row to receiving a stay of execution. Although it is not without its faults, has been prone to certain unintended outcomes and has recently gained some

Does Australia’s innovation patent really have to die?

Australia’s second-tier innovation patent system is presently on death row.  With all appeal avenues seemingly now exhausted, we ask the question – albeit somewhat academically, as to whether it indeed has to die – or whether it could be rehabilitated. Introduction Last month, the Government released its response to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into intellectual

Growth for Start-ups/SMEs begins with IP

Recent figures show that 70 per cent of local intellectual property (IP) protection filings (patent, trade marks, registered designs) in Australia come from SMEs.    These figures were presented by IP Australia Director General Patricia Kelly during a recent seminar Intellectual Property – your business here and abroad, hosted by IP Australia and InnovationAus. It’s