Carl Harrap

Carl Harrap

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Australia: Claim preambles, object statements and patentable subject matter

In Australia, the inquiry whether a combination of integers is patentable subject matter may be deeply influenced by the way the claim preamble and objects of the invention are drafted. Failure to appreciate this can result...more

1/7/2015 - Australia Claim Construction Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

Computer Implemented Business Scheme not Patentable in Australia

A Full Court of Australia’s Federal Court has handed down its appeal decision in Research Affiliates LLC v Commissioner of Patents [2014] FCAFC 150. This decision deals with the patentability of computer implemented...more

11/11/2014 - Appeals Australia Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

Australia awaits Federal Court guidance on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions

Anyone with an interest in the patentability of computer-implemented inventions in Australia has been awaiting judgment in the appeal to the Research Affiliates LLC v Commissioner of Patents decision. Anticipation is...more

7/24/2014 - Australia CLS Bank v Alice Corp Computer-Related Inventions Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

Alice v CLS Bank: An Australian Perspective

Over the decades, the use of patents to protect “software” or “computer implemented” inventions has been the subject of much debate: both on the philosophical question of whether such inventions should be patentable, and on...more

7/2/2014 - Alice Corporation Australia Australian Patent Office CLS Bank v Alice Corp Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS Software

The Opening Decision Of The Australian Patent Office For 2014 – Another Invention Refused For Lack Of Patentable Subject Matter

In the first published decision by the Australian Patent Office for 2014, Aqua Index Ltd [2014] APO 2 (‘Aqua Index’), the Delegate of the Commissioner of Patents has refused yet another patent application for not being...more

1/24/2014 - Australia Patent Applications Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

NZ Clarifies Proposed Ban On Software Patents

The NZ government yesterday released further amendments to tighten the proposed legislation around software patentability. The amendments clarify that while the partial ban on software patents is still on the agenda, it has...more

5/14/2013 - New Legislation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Proposed Amendments Software

Australian Federal Court Clarifies Patentability Of Computer Inventions

The patentability of computer implemented inventions in Australia has finally been clarified by the Federal Court. The decision in Research Affiliates provides valuable guidance on how to prepare patent applications for...more

2/19/2013 - Computer-Related Inventions Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

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