08 Feb 2011

Federal Government's 2011 legislative plans for intellectual property

by Mary Still, John Collins, John Fairbairn

The Prime Minister has released the list of legislation proposed for introduction in the Autumn sittings of Federal Parliament, starting Tuesday 8 February.

The only proposed Bill affecting intellectual property is the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill, which will:

  • raise patent standards and increase certainty in the validity of granted patents
  • give researchers the freedom to innovate without the threat of litigation
  • speed up the processes for determining patent and trade mark applications
  • improve the operations of the intellectual property profession
  • improve mechanisms for trade mark and copyright enforcement in Australia
  • modernise aspects of Australia’s intellectual property system

Once the Bill is made publicly available we'll examine it in more depth.

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