Mainly intellectual property (IP) issues Down Under

Innovation patent consultation on the consultation

IP Australia issues consultation paper on ACIP’s report into the innovation patent system

Australian Intellectual Property Report 2015

IP Australia has released the Australian Intellectual Property Report 2015, with statistics on IP filings and grants and trends.

IP Australia consults on red tape streamlining and costing

P Australia has issued consultation papers on removing red tape and other streamlining options

Patent application data in Australia

IP Australia has published a report on patent pendency in Australia

Securities over IP

Transition period to register security interest claims over IP expires on 31 January 2014

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 consultation now is on the wording to implement those policies. An objects clause The consultation.. Read More

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 opinion search fee priority date other things   Schedule 3   filing of evidence in.. Read More

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 is not served until the next business day, but it may be even more complicated.. Read More