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Australian Intellectual Property Report 2015

IP Australia has released the Australian Intellectual Property Report 2015, with statistics on IP filings and grants and trends.

IP Australia consults on red tape streamlining and costing

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

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

Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2014

The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2014 has been introduced with the proposed compulsory licence under the TRIPS Protocol for medicines and other reforms

Securities over IP

Transition period to register security interest claims over IP expires on 31 January 2014

Summer must be over …

IP Australia has released a consultation paper, with draft exposure legislation, for an Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2014. Comments by 7 Feb 2014.

Another IP amendment bill

The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2013 was introduced into Parliament today. The changes include: amendments to the Crown use provisions in the Patents Act to ensure they apply where the relevant Commonwealth, State or Territory government has primary responsibility for funding or providing the service and to include a requirement for approval by the relevant Commonwealth, State or Territory Attorney-General implementation of the TRIPS protocol to enable generics to apply.. Read More

Another plant breeder’s rights case

This one is on a fairly narrow point: what is the term of rights where the application was made under the old (PVR) act, but registration was not completed until after the new (PBR) act. Such matters are governed by s 83 of the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act. Rights granted before the PBR Act commenced have a term of 20 years from acceptance (PBR Act s 82(2) and PVR Act.. Read More

Government responses to ACIP enforcement reviews

The Government has announced its responses to ACIP’s reviews of: post-grant Patent enforcement; and enforcement of plant breeder’s rights. On a quick skim, the main recommendation to introduce a Patents Tribunal to determine “IP” disputes has been found non-viable due to the limitations on the Commonwealth’s repository of judicial powers. With WIPO’s arbitration and mediation service in mind, however, IP Australia is to work with alternative dispute resolution providers to.. Read More

(Not) a case of PBR

Caithness applied for the grant of plant variety rights for the potato variety ‘Nadine’ on 21 May 1992. That application was accepted by the Registrar on 28 May 1992. On 10 November 1994, the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994 came into force and repealed the Plant Variety Rights Act 1987. On 16 August 1995, Caithness’ application for Nadine was granted and certificate 465 was issued. Under the old Act (the.. Read More