Mainly intellectual property (IP) issues Down Under

Harper Review: Government Response

The Government has accepted almost all of the Harper Review’s recommendations including the power to block parallel imports of books.

TPP Workshop

The University of Melbourne’ Global Economic Law Network is holding a Workshop on the TPP

Productivity Commission reviews IP

The Productivity Commission has released an issues paper for its inquiry into Intellectual Property Arrangements.

Global Innovation Index

WIPO has published its annual global innovation index.

Productivity Commission to review all IP laws

Minister announce Productivity Commission to review Australia’s IP laws

IP Australia consults on red tape streamlining and costing

P Australia has issued consultation papers on removing red tape and other streamlining options

Computer Hacking and “property”

Downloading data from a computer system is not obtaining property

Review of Plant Breeder’s Rights Advisory Committee

IP Australia has published a consultation paper on how best to obtain advice currently sought through PBRAC

Something to think about in drafting an exclusive licence

The Full Court has held an exclusive licensee bound to keep paying costs of patent litigation even after the licence expired

Dr Gurry re-appointed

Last week, 8 May, WIPO’s General Assembly re-elected Dr Francis Gurry to a second 6 year term, beginning 1 October 2014 as Director-General of WIPO.