Australian Patent Journal Round-Up 26 July 2012

An Australian Patent Opposition, Revocation and Extension of Term Round-Up from the Patent Office Journal dated 26 July 2012.

Official Notification

Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program Extended

IP Australia and the USPTO have agreed to extend the expanded PPH program pilot indefinitely.

Under the PPH pilot, an applicant receiving a ruling from either the USPTO or IP Australia that at least one claim in a national application is allowable, could request that the other office fast track the examination of corresponding applications.

IP Australia and the USPTO will continue to evaluate the results of the PPH program to determine if and how the program should be fully implemented.


Opposition Proceedings

Opposition Lodged

Acceptance of the following patent applications has been opposed as at 26 July 2012:

Application No.



2006218936 Shoulder Innovations, LLC Ascension Orthopedics, Inc.
2007234576 Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta Oy BHP Billiton SSM Development Pty Limited


Opposition Dismissed

Opposition to acceptance of the following applications has been dismissed and the application shall proceed to sealing:

Application No.



762175 Amazon.Com, Inc. Telstra Corporation Limited


Opposition Withdrawn

No additional opposition proceedings have been withdrawn 26 July 2012:


Applications Withdrawn

No additional applications have been withdrawn following opposition as at 26 July 2012.

Extensions of Term of Standard Patents

No additional application(s) for Extension of Term have been filed, accepted or granted as at 26 July 2012.


Surrendered and Revoked Letters Patent

Surrendered Letters Patent

No additional patents have been offered for surrender as at 26 July 2012.


Revocation of Letters Patent

No additional patents have been revoked as at 26 July 2012.