Changes to practice at the Australian Patent Office

Following 18 months of extensive consultations on potential reforms of the patent system, IP Australia has recently implemented a number of changes to examination practices intended to improve the quality of examination and the certainty in the validity of granted patent rights.  The changes relate to:

  • expedited “case management” for divisional applications; and
  • a new “obvious to try” test for inventive step for applications before the Patent Office.

Our alert examining the changes and their implications for filing strategies can be found here.

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