Australia’s Innovation Patent to be abolished by legislation now passed in Federal Parliament

Australia’s second-tier “innovation patent” – rumours of its demise have (unfortunately, not) been greatly exaggerated.     The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Bill 2019 has now passed with a clear majority through both houses of Australia’s Federal Parliament.  The headline act of the new legislation is that

Australia’s innovation patent, extinction imminent

The Intellectual Property Amendment (Productivity Commission Response part 2 and other Measures) Bill 2019 was passed by the Senate on 16 October 2019. This will result in the abolition of Australia’s second-tier patent system, the innovation patent.   Many small- and medium-sized Australian businesses and relevant industry groups, including the Australian Chamber of Commerce and

Productivity Commission’s Report on Intellectual Property Arrangements strikes a blow against innovators

The Productivity Commission’s Report on Intellectual Property Arrangements (the Report) was released on 20 December 2016.   The Report makes a number of “anti-patent” recommendations including: abolishing the innovation patent system; introducing an objects clause into the Patents Act; essentially removing the availability of extensions of patent term for pharmaceutical patents; raising the threshold of inventive