Out on a limb: Australian examination guidelines for patentability at odds with best global practice and Australian law

The Australian Patent Office has recently updated its guidelines for determining whether subject matter is patentable.  Unfortunately for patent applicant, the Office’s new policy has taken further steps towards limiting patentability of computer implemented inventions.  This is directly at odds with a recent resolution by the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)

Moves to abolish the innovation patent

Since 2001, Australia has had a second tier innovation patent system that provides a very fast patent grant with a limited term, delayed examination and no obviousness test, but rather a reduced innovative step test.   The system was introduced to attempt to stimulate innovation in Australian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by providing an easy, quick and inexpensive way to achieve protection for