RPL Central Pty Ltd has succeeded in having Australian Innovation Patent No. 2009100601 entitled “Method and System for Automated Collection of Evidence of Skills and Knowledge” upheld in its appeal from a decision by the Commissioner of Patents which rejected all of the claims of the invention as not constituting a ‘manner of manufacture’.

The Federal Court found in RPL Central Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Patents [2013] FCA 871 that the computer-based system for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), of which the computer is the central and integral part of each claim, is a proper subject of letters patent.