Research Affiliates LLC v Commissioner of Patents – Why this decision is so important and what it means for you
In November 2014, an important decision was handed down in the Full Federal Court of Australia, which confirmed that unpatentable abstract ideas or business schemes do not become patentable merely by being implemented on a computer. Nonetheless, the judgment provided that computer implemented inventions can still be patentable if the computer is “integral” to the invention.
This judgement is an important reminder that information about how an invention is implemented by means of computers should be provided in the description and in the claims to support an argument for patent eligibility.
At this seminar, Mark Williams and Raffaele Calabrese will discuss the Full Federal Court decision and cover a number of topics including:
- A brief history of the patentability of computer implemented inventions in Australia
- A brief discussion of the position of overseas jurisdictions
- The current position of computer implemented inventions in Australia
- Some tips for drafting patent specifications for computer implemented inventions in Australia
- What you should do for pending patents in relation to computer implemented inventions.
- The future of computer implemented inventions in Australia
The duration of the seminar will be approximately 1 hour.
About the presenters:
Mark Williams is a patent and trade marks attorney and an Associate of Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick. Mark has over 13 years’ experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the fields of electronic devices, electronic gaming machines, online transactions and payment systems, anti-virus software, computer implemented inventions and mobile 3GPP/LTE standards.
Raffaele Calabrese is a patent and trade marks attorney and an Associate of Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick. Raffaele has a technical background in electrical and electronic engineering. He has a Master’s degree in Engineering specialising in information technology and telecommunications. Raffaele has over ten years of professional experience in protecting inventions relating to telecommunications, software, computer implemented inventions and medical devices.
Date: Wednesday 8 July 2015
Time: 12.15pm for a 12.30pm start (Melbourne and Sydney)
11.45am for a 12.00pm start (Adelaide)
Melbourne Office – Please note, this seminar will be held at our new office at 333 Collins Street
Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick – Melbourne office
Level 16, 333 Collins Street
Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick – Sydney office
Level 19, 133 Castlereagh Street
Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick – Adelaide office
Level 5/75 Hindmarsh Square
RSVP: By Tuesday 7 July, to Victoria Wild at firstname.lastname@example.org
A light lunch will be provided. Please advise of any dietary requirements.
This seminar is only open to POF clients and in-house practitioners. Seminar attendees may be eligible to claim points towards their professional development/education. Please refer to your relevant guidelines for more information.