Consultation on proposed objects clause and patentability exclusion

In November 2011, the Government responded to three reports on gene patents and patentable subject matter:

  • Senate Community Affairs References Committee Gene Patents Report
  • Advisory Council on Intellectual Property report Patentable Subject Matter
  • Australian Law Reform Commission report Genes and Ingenuity: Gene Patenting and Human Health. 

The Government accepted recommendations to amend the Patents Act 1990 to introduce:

  • an objects clause to assist in the interpretation of the Act, and 
  • an exclusion from patentability for inventions, the commercialisation of which would be considered wholly offensive by the Australian public.

A consultation paper was released to encourage discussion and seek views on the proposed amendments:

Consultation Paper DOC

Consultation Paper DOC Microsoft Office document in Microsoft Office document format [2.04 MB]

We invited interested parties to make written submissions by 27 September 2013 and, in particular, sought responses to the questions posed in the paper.

Public submissions

We received the following submissions:

Ausbiotech submission DOC

Ausbiotech submission DOC Microsoft Office document in Microsoft Office document format [303.2 KB]

Department of health submission PDF

Department of health submission PDF Microsoft Office document in Microsoft Office document format [199.03 KB]

Dr Chris Dent submission DOC

Dr Chris Dent submission DOC Microsoft Office document in Microsoft Office document format [80 KB]

Dr Hazel Moir submission DOC

Dr Hazel Moir submission DOC Microsoft Office document in Microsoft Office document format [580.74 KB]

Medicines Australia submission DOC

Medicines Australia submission DOC Microsoft Office document in Microsoft Office document format [130.94 KB]

Pirate Party submission DOC

Pirate Party submission DOC Microsoft Office document in Microsoft Office document format [91.4 KB]

ResMed submission PDF

ResMed submission PDF PDF in PDF format [147.91 KB]

ResMed submission DOC

ResMed submission DOC Microsoft Office document in Microsoft Office document format [355.56 KB]

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