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Parmaceutical Patents Review

Last month, the¬†Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Innovation, Mark Dreyfus, has appointed a panel to review the patenting of pharmaceuticals in Australia. Now the Panel have published a Background and Issues Paper. The Panel’s initial impressions of key issues include: a number of concerns have been raised about the length and breadth of protection provided by the extension of term provisions, that is, the duration of the extension and the.. Read More

New Judges

The Constitution requires that Justice Heydon retires from the High Court by 1 March 2013. The Attorney General today announced that Justice Keane, currently the Chief Justice of the Federal Court, will be replacing him. In addition, Justice Allsop, who is currently President of the NSW Court of Appeal, will be taking up appointment as Chief Justice of the Federal Court. Before he went to the Court of Appeal, Allsop.. Read More