Views sought on abolishing the innovation patent system and alternatives


IP Australia is seeking feedback on ACIP’s (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property) recommendation that the government consider abolishing the innovation patent system. Views are also being sought on any potential alternatives to encourage innovation amongst small to medium enterprises (SMEs).

Earlier this year, ACIP released a statement updating its position on the future of the innovation patent, recommending that the government should consider abolishing the innovation patent system.

The Federal Government is considering ACIP’s revised recommendation along with its report on the Review of the Innovation Patent System published 16 June 2014. To assist this consideration, IP Australia is consulting further on ACIP’s recommendation.

The discussion paper can be found at the IP Australia website.

Written submissions may be sent directly to by 28 September 2015.

AusBiotech members who wish to contribute comment to the AusBiotech submission, should forward comments to Chief Industry Affairs Officer, Lorraine Chiroiu ( by 20 September 2015.