Is software patentable in Australia?
The Australian Patents Office will grant patents for software that has a technical purpose, but not necessarily a purely business purposes. This is because business schemes are not patentable per se. Ideally, the software should be closely tied to a form of hardware in order to be patentable. NRDC v Commissioner of Patents The threshold test for an invention to be patentable was explained by the High Court in National Research Development Corporation v Commissioner of Paten