Australian Court finds AI systems can be an “inventor”

In a world first, a judge of the Federal Court of Australia has found that artificial intelligence (AI) is capable of being an “inventor” for the purposes of the Australian patent regime.

03 August 2021

Patent term extensions – Australian Federal Court says the Commissioner’s interpretation of the legislation “absurd” and third party ARTG listing dates are not relevant

The term of a standard patent in Australia is 20 years, but for “pharmaceutical substances per se” (new and inventive substances), the Patents Act 1990 (Cth) provides a scheme whereby, in certain circumstances, the 20 year term can be extended once for ...

07 July 2021

Australian Government announces “patent box” scheme to boost medical and biotech innovation

The Australian Government has committed $206.4 million to a patent box tax incentive scheme to encourage investment in medical and biotechnology innovation.

19 May 2021

Patent claims directed at solving the volume of workplace health & safety paperwork are ‘a good idea’ but unpatentable: Federal Court of Australia

Can a patentee overcome a decision that the invention claimed is not a manner of manufacture (ie. does not contain patentable subject matter) by amendment? On 29 January 2021, the decision in Repipe #2 was handed down which considers this issue.

23 February 2021

Federal Court confirms that schemes are not patentable merely because they are "new and ingenious" and are implemented using a computer

The Federal Court of Australia has found a patent directed at a digital marketing scheme no more than a list of steps to be implemented by a computer using its well-known functions, and is not a patentable invention: Commissioner of Patents v Rokt Pte Ltd ...

22 May 2020