IP News

The Australian Innovation Patent System is to be phased out

The Australian Federal Government’s recently proposed legislation to phase out the innovation patent system. An innovation patent is similar to Utility Model protection that is provided in a limited number of other countries. Unlike Standard Patent protection, an Innovation Patent has been useful to protect innovations that may lack inventive...

Changes to IP Licensing Agreements

A recent change to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (CCA) may have significant implications for active Intellectual Property (IP) assignment agreements and licences[1]. This change relates to a repeal of the intellectual property exemption in section 51(3) of the CCA[2].  The IP exemption meant that commercial arrangements relating...

PatentableComputer-Implemented Methods and Software

In today’s information society, we cannot live without computers and computers need software[1]. Computer hardware is more likely to be patentable subject matter than software. Patenting software enters the realm of trying to protect methods similar to thought processes and has met with resistance from the judiciary in recent years.[2]....