The Australian Patent Office will participate in the pilot of the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (Global PPH).
What is the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (Global PPH)?
The Global PPH is a new global system of…more
In the latest decision concerning diagnostic method claims a US Court1 has provided some guidance to the diagnostics industry on the interpretation of the recent Supreme Court decisions in Mayo v Prometheus2 (Mayo) and AMP v…more
From 1 April 2014, the 24 month deadline to file a divisional patent application in Europe will be abolished. From this date, divisional applications can be filed at any time provided the parent application has not proceeded to…more
The New Zealand Government has announced approval of a single trans-Tasman patent application and examination regime. Although still some time away from actual implementation, the proposed co-operative regime sets to benefit…more
An ongoing issue in Australian patent law is the extent to which computer-implemented inventions are eligible subject matter for patentability.
Two single-judge Federal Court decisions on this matter have been handed down…more
Under the present regime in New Zealand, the objection that a patent application lacks an inventive step is not available during prosecution and the burden of proof required to show a lack of inventive step in an opposition…more
In August this year, Australian patent application 2003258753 (“the application”) directed to diesel fuel compositions was successfully opposed on the ground that the application did not disclose the best method of performing…more
Have you ever said to yourself, “my product isn’t new so I don’t need to worry about patents” or “the success of my business depends on product quality and developing customer loyalty. Patents don’t generate profits so I don’t…more
This article discusses the patent protection of isolated, naturally occurring nucleic acids in Australia, NZ and a number of South East Asian countries. In these jurisdictions there is no express exclusion of these molecules as…more
The recent Multisteps Pty Limited v Source and Sell Pty Limited  FCA 743 decision provides insight as to how the Federal Court of Australia grapples with some of the key legal principles arising in…more
Recently we provided a summary of key elements of protecting plant varieties in Australia and New Zealand. In this summary we highlighted that plant breeders could seek dual protection under both Patents and Plant Breeder’s…more
1) Illustrated features cannot be entirely disregarded.
2) A design must be in respect of a self-contained product.
3) Designs are published relatively quickly – typically 8 to 10 months from the earliest priority…more
Australia’s current Designs Act was passed in 2003 and commenced in 2004. Given its age, and concerns that have been raised over the years, the Australian Government has appointed an independent body – The Advisory Council on…more
It has been a long time coming, but New Zealand finally has a new Patents Act. The New Zealand Patents Bill 2008 received its third and final reading in the New Zealand parliament on 28 August 2013 and will soon receive royal…more
The Australian Patent Office has released a consultation paper which seeks public comment on the proposed amendments to the Australian Patents Act 1990 (‘the Act’) to introduce an object clause and a patentability exclusion to…more
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