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)

The Full Court of the Federal Court finds computer-implemented invention not patentable

The Full Court of the Federal Court has dismissed the patent applicant’s appeal in Research Affiliates LLC v Commissioner of Patents [2014] FCAFC 150 (link), finding that the computer-implemented inventions in issue were not patentable subject matter under Australian law.   The case concerned patent claims for computer-implemented methods and systems for generating financial securities