Review of patentable subject matter

Review commenced: 02/01/2008
Duration of review: 2008-2011

In its broad ranging 2004 review of gene patenting and human health, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) found that the 'manner of manufacture' test used in Australia to determine patentability was ambiguous and obscure.

As a result of the 2004 review of gene patenting and human health, the Australian Government asked ACIP to conduct a review of patentable subject matter, including the appropriateness and adequacy of the 'manner of manufacture' test.

During 2008-2009, ACIP released an Issues Paper, conducted a number of public forums and then released an Options Paper setting out a number of possible options for reforming the law. ACIP's Final Report was released on 16 February 2011.

The Australian Government responded to ACIP's Report on 23 November 2011, as part of its response  to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee's  Gene Patents Report

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