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Australia set to raise the bar for patents

Erica Poon, Hong Kong

Reforms planned in Australia aim to improve the patent system and harmonise it with international standards

The federal government released a 102-page Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Bill 2011 and a 118-page explanatory memorandum clarifying the proposed changes on March 2.

Some significant changes to patents include expanding what can constitute prior art, clarifying...

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