Software Patents Strike Back – RPL Central v Commissioner of Patents

It’s been a busy year in software patents, all over the world. We’ve had decisions on this issue in Australia, headlined by Research Affiliates in February, and in the US the Federal Circuit split 5:5 in a case concerning an Australian company, Alice v CLS Bank in April. More recently, the New Zealand parliament passed read more...
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Patentability of Computer Software – Upheaval in US Courts

The patentability of computer software is a hot topic in Australian courts at the moment. However, we aren’t alone in struggling with this controversial issue. On 10 May 2013, the United States Federal Circuit issued an en banc decision in CLS Bank International v Alice Corporation Pty Ltd that rendered the claims of four ‘software read more...
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Don’t let the Raised Bar trip you up

On 15 April 2013, significant changes to Australian patent law will come into force. These changes increase the requirements for patentability of inventions. Patent applicants should take steps now, to prepare themselves for the ‘raised bar’. We have prepared an alert giving a simple to-do list before the changes come in, which is available online read more...
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The Digital Fringe of Patent Law: Federal Court Rules against Research Affiliates

Patenting of software and computer-implemented methods is a controversial area of law. A recent, much-awaited decision of the Federal Court in Research Affiliates LLC v Commissioner of Patents [2013] FCA 71 found a claim to a computer-implemented method of generating a financial index did not involve a sufficient level of computer integration to be considered read more...
Subjects: Patents