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