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NEW INNOVATION PATENT PASSES EARLY TESTS

Australia's new innovation patent system has passed a number of early tests with a applications being processed for a range of exciting innovations, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Warren Enstch said today. 6 June 2001

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Warren Entsch, MP

Parliamentary Secretary to the

Minister for Industry, Science and Resources

   

6 June 2001         01/254

NEW INNOVATION PATENT PASSES EARLY TESTS Australia's new innovation patent system has passed a number of early tests with a applications being processed for a range of exciting innovations, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Warren Enstch said today.

The innovation patent is a new type of patent designed to help Australian small to medium enterprises protect their innovations and inventions.

Intended to provide a patent right which is relatively inexpensive, quick and easy to obtain, the innovation patent is the result of extensive research into the needs of Australia's business community for a low cost entry point into the intellectual property system.

Mr Entsch said the initial response to the new innovation patent system, which was launched on 24 May 2001, had been very positive to date with 37 applications having been received from Australian individuals and companies.

“So far the response to the new innovation patent system has been better than expected,” Mr Entsch said.

“Two of these applications have already been granted - one for a database management system and one for a plastic hose insert. This shows the flexibility of the new system to cope with a variety of technologies.

IP Australia, the federal agency which administers Australia's patents, trade marks and designs systems, has created an Online Services facility which can be used by Australian innovators to apply and make payments for innovation patents online.

Mr Entsch said that the new Online Services facility, combined with the ability to file innovation patent applications in hard copy or by fax, offered a real choice for Australian innovators.

“I am pleased to see the Online Services facility for innovation patents working so efficiently. It is another example of the Coalition's commitment to providing services online through the GovernmentOnline Strategy, which aims to provide all Australians faster and simpler services online,” he said.

“Of course the Government recognises the need to provide a choice for Australian innovators and, as a result, hard copy and faxed applications will also be accepted for innovation patents.”

Mr Entsch said the Government would continue to closely monitor the new innovation patent system, following its introduction last month.

IP Australia has produced an Innovation Patents Kit, which provides detailed information about the new patent and how to apply.

To find out more about the innovation patent or to order a copy of the kit, call

1300 651 010 or visit IP Australia's website at www.ipaustralia.gov.au.

Contacts:  Greg Doolan, Mr Entsch's Office: 02 6277 4656 or 0418 213 243

Matthew Forno, IP Australia: 02 6283 2803 or 0414 374 532

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