King & Wood Mallesons

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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’.

As we previously reported, in 2012 the Australian Parliament passed the “Raising the Bar” amendments to the Patents Act. The changes raise the requirements for patentability, most significantly by raising the inventive step threshold, increasing the disclosure requirements for a patent specification, and limiting the scope of amendments to the specification…

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