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Computer Implemented Method Not Patentable Subject Matter in Australia

A unanimous Full Federal Court in Australia today decided that a computer implemented method of creating an investment index is not patentable, on the basis that the substance of the claimed invention – an abstract idea or scheme – was itself not patentable subject matter, and simply implementing that invention via a computer would not render it patentable.

See Research Affiliates LLC v Commissioner of Patents [2014] FCAFC 150

See also this case note.

Many internet related inventions may not be patentable subject matter in Australia as a result of this decision.

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