The Australian Government’s Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) is performing a review of patentable subject matter. There was a public consultation, but it closed on November 13th. It seems a legislative proposal is being prepared for 2010.
I’ll post more details about what’s happening on Friday. For now, here are some sources of info:
- The submissions received for the public consultation (Microsoft is there)
- Venturous Australia
- Information about the review
- An “Options paper” by the ACIP
The Australian patent office has also held many consultations this year. None were directly about patentable subject matter, but some of the materials did mention preparation for a legislative proposal.
Change is coming in 2010, so let’s start getting ready now. Related pages on the wiki which could be improved are: