Tuesday, 12 May 2009

The times are still a' changin ...

Last week, in "The times they are a'changin ...", PatLit gave a summary of recent changes to Australian patent litigation practice, which looks fairly pro-patentee in their ethos. This summary was based on an article from law firm Mallesons which has since been overtaken by events. Partner Rob Cooper has kindly sent in a link to this article which outlines the two consultation papers recently published by IP Australia detailing a whole series of reforms to the Patents Act -- including the change to the test for obviousness and the proposed introduction of an 'experimental use' defence to patent infringement. The due date for submissions of 8 May 2009 has since been extended, with proposals being widely discussed in the Australian legal and patent attorney community. Thanks, Rob!

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