The Australian innovation patent is designed for lower level inventions not necessarily meeting the inventiveness requirement of a standard patent.
Instead the invention the subject of an innovation patent must involve at least an innovative step instead of the inventive step of a standard patent.
As a consequence, innovation patents while providing all the rights and remedies of a standard patent, have a reduced maximum term of 8 years as compared to the 20 years of a standard patent.
Examination of an innovation patent is potentially a two stage process with an innovation patent application being automatically granted after a formalities check. An granted innovation patent may then be certified after a substantive examination process involving an assessment against previously published information or public uses.
Certification of a granted innovation patent is a requirement prior to taking any Court action in Australia seeking to enforce your innovation patent.