Australian government will push for inventive step reform and abolition of second-tier patents 30 Aug 17
Over the weekend, Australia’s government responded to a lengthy list of IP system reforms proposed last year by the country’s Productivity Commission, a top policy advisory body. Among other changes, the country’s second-tier “innovation patent” system looks almost certain to be abolished. The reply also endorses aligning the inventive step threshold for standard patents with that used by the EPO, a change that could generate industry pushback as it’s introduced in Parliament.
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