Get your Australian Innovation Patents filed by 26 August 2021

The critical dates are now known in respect of the Australian Government’s abolition of the second-tier “innovation patent” system: new applications must be filed before 26 August 2021, and all innovation patents will have expired by 26 August 2029.  Significantly, existing innovation patent rights (and those applied for over the next 18 months) will not be

Government urged to retain innovation patent system

An article written by Grant Shoebridge, Principal at Shelston IP, has recently been published in AMT (Australian Manufacturing Technology) magazine.  The article emphasises the importance of retaining and revising, rather than abolishing, Australia’s Innovation Patent System.   Background Innovators currently have two options for protecting inventions in Australia – the standard patent system and the

Innovation: A tale of two jurisdictions

In the past, New Zealand has trumped Australia in relation to a range of important policy issues including: votes for women; native title rights for indigenous people; environmental laws and renewable energy; and marriage equality. Now New Zealand appears to be leading Australia again, this time in relation to innovation policy.   As reported by

An Easter resurrection for Australia’s innovation patent system!

For the last year, one of the most discussed topics in Australian IP circles has been the proposed abolition of the innovation patent system – Australia’s second tier patent system. This controversial measure came about as a result of a Productivity Commission recommendation, which the Government swiftly supported in August 2017.   Shelston IP reported