[Osia-members] OSIA submission to IP Australia regarding ACIP's revised recommendation on the innovation patent system

Jack Burton jack at saosce.com.au
Fri Sep 25 17:49:57 AEST 2015

Afternoon, all.

As many of you will recall, in October 2013 OSIA lodged a submission to
the ACIP review of the innovation patent system. Our 2013 submission
recommended abolishing the innovation patent system and additionally
called for Australia to follow New Zealand's lead in removing computer
software from the scope of patentable subject matter in relation to
standard patents.

Whilst many of the arguments raised in OSIA's 2013 submission appeared
in the ACIP Review's report, at the time ACIP stopped short of making
any firm recommendation on the future of the innovation patent system in

Earlier this year, IP Australia published quantitative research on the
effectiveness of the innovation patent system in Australia, in response
to which ACIP amended their report with a revised recommendation to
consider abolishing the innovation patent system (as OSIA had
recommended in 2013).

In response to ACIP's amended report, the Minister instructed IP
Australia to conduct a further round of public consultation this year.

Today, OSIA lodged a submission with IP Australia, supporting ACIP's
revised recommendation and again also calling for software to be
excluded from the scope of patentable subject matter for standard

The full text of the submission can be found on the OSIA website here:


Jack Burton
<jack at saosce.com.au>

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