Review of the Innovation Patent System

Review commenced: 01/02/2011

Duration of review: 2011-2013

The innovation patent system was established in 2001 to stimulate innovation in Australian small to medium business enterprises. It protects incremental or low level inventions that do not meet the inventive threshold required for standard patent protection and are not covered by design legislation.

In February 2011, the then Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research requested that ACIP investigate the effectiveness of the innovation patent system in stimulating innovation by Australian small to medium business enterprises.

ACIP conducted extensive public consultations including releasing an Issues Paper and an Options Paper which set out a number of possible options for reforming the Innovation Patent system.

ACIP's Final Report was released on 16 June 2014.

The Government is presently considering its response to this Report.

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Secretary Advisory Council on Intellectual Property PO Box 200 Phillip ACT 2606

Last Updated: 16/06/2014