Summer must be over …

IP Australia has released a consultation paper, with draft exposure legislation, for an Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2014. Comments by 7 Feb 2014.

Patentable subject matter reform

IP Australia has issued an Issues Paper on the proposed amendments to the Patents Act: (1) to insert an “objects” clause; and (2) to exclude from patentable subject matter inventions which it would be “offensive” to commercially exploit. These plans arise out of a recommendations made by ACIP which the Government announced it accepted. The […]

Raising the Bar update

Following the conclusion of consultations about the draft Intellectual Property Legislation Amendment Regulations (the regulations to implement the “Raising the Bar” amendments), IP Australia has published a document outlining the outcomes of the consultation process. The document outlines what IP Australia is proposing to do/implement in relation to:   Schedule 1   preliminary search and […]

Patents and ‘abusive’ divisionals

While we’re on the subject of raising patent standards, the Commissioner has also introduced new rules for divisional applications. IPNow and Patentology explore what it all means for those of you filing patent applications.

Electronic filing / service in the Office (IP Australia)

Patentology looks at the problems that arise with serving documents in Opposition proceedings before the Commissioner / Registrar (i.e. IP Australia) (a) electronically and (b) outside business hours. Obviously (well, not so obviously when you’re used to dealing with the pragmatic approach of the Federal Court), if the material is served outside business hours, it […]

Fee surcharge for more than 20 claims

Patent Baristas look at rule changes introduced by IP Australia to stop patent applicants ┬ácircumventing the $100 surcharge for each claim in a patent in excess of 20 claims. Read on here with links to IP Australia’s announcement. Apparently, IP Australia plans that the new arrangements come into force on 1 August 2010. Wonder whether […]

Peer to patent Down Under

The pilot project being run be QUT, with support from New York University Law School and IP Australia is nearing the end of its first phase: there are a number of applications open for review until 9 March 2010. According to IP Australia The pilot has made a successful start, following its launch in December […]