Obvious to try (typos corrected)

IP Australia (for present purposes, the Commissioner of Patents) has been exploring ways to improve the quality of patents by, amongst other things, raising the threshold of inventiveness. (Consultation Paper, November 2009 (pdf) see section 1.2ff). One might have thought that this would require legislative reform given the extremely strict approach to common general knowledge […]

Inventive step standard

Tom Cordiner (from the Victorian Bar and a registered patent attorney) and Beth Webster (from IPRIA) are giving a seminar for IPRIA and IPTA on Raising the Inventive Step: A Look at the Issues: Brisbane on 18 May 2010 Sydney on 19 May 2010 Melbourne on 21 May 2010 The seminars are free and if […]

Innovation review

I’m still wading my way through the Innovation Review. Meanwhile Duncan Bucknell is highly critical, particularly of recommendation 7.2: Recommendation 7.2: Patent law should be reviewed to ensure that the inventive steps required to qualify for patents are considerable, and that the resulting patents are well defined, so as to minimise litigation and maximise the scope for subsequent […]

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