Can We Protect How We Do What We Do? A Consideration of Business Method Patents
in Australia and Europe

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| This paper reviews the availability of business method patents in Australia
| in light of the 2006 decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court in Grant
| v Commissioner of Patents,5 which confirmed the need in Australia for
| a ‘useful product’ to issue from the working of a method (business or
| otherwise) in order for the method to be patentable.


Method and instrument for proposing marriage to an individual

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| The purpose of this invention is to provide an improved method of proposing
| marriage to an individual. The method of proposing to an individual generally
| comprising the steps of meeting the individual; exchanging names with the
| individual; dating the individual (not necessary); drafting a government
| document having a proposal to marry the individual incorporated therein; and
| showing the government document to the individual. The government document
| may be a patent application. The patent application may claim the method by
| which the proposor will make a marriage proposal to the individual. The
| proposor could then use the method claimed in the patent application to
| propose to the individual. The patent application could be the actual
| marriage proposal. * * * * *