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[Australia-public-discuss] Review of patentable subject matter available

From: Ben Sturmfels
Subject: [Australia-public-discuss] Review of patentable subject matter available
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 10:31:39 +1100

Hi Folks,
I see the "Review of Patentable Subject Matter" has now been made
available. To refresh your memories, this was the one that we missed out
on making a submission to.

Review of Patentable Subject Matter:

Advisory Council's Media Release:

Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr's Media Release:

I've had a very quick skim through and there don't seem to be changes
that will significantly improve the situation for the software industry.
I'll need to have a closer read though.

Happily, even though our web-based petition was outside of the review
submissions, we got a mention on page 37 (43rd page of PDF):

        A recent petition to the Minister signed by members of the
        computer software industry argued that patents are not necessary
        to encourage innovation in their industry, that the term of a
        patent (20 years) is too long, and that the cost involved (in
        avoiding infringing patents, and defending against patent
        lawsuits) is not viable, particularly for small to medium-sized

At some point recently you've probably also signed our paper petition to
the House of Representatives. So far we've sent over 1000 signatures to
the Petitions Committee. This is a fantastic achievement of many all
around Australia, so thanks for your support!

I'll be aiming to continue dialogue with our politicians over the coming



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