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Safe harbours to be Extended

The Government has introduced a Bill to extend the class of persons who can claim the benefits of the safe harbour provisions in the Copyright Act 1968 provided in sections 116AA to 116AJ.

Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2012 – exposure draft

IP Australia has released for public comment an exposure draft of the proposed Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2012. The Bill has 2 purposes: to amend the Patents Act 1990 in light of the DOHA Declaration / TRIPS Protocol; and to confer original jurisdiction in matters arising under the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994 on the Federal Magistrates Court in addition to the Federal Court’s existing jurisdiction. DOHA Declaration[1] /.. Read More

The Raising the Bar bill comes alive

News from IP Australia that the Senate finally passed the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Bill without further amendment. It is now expected to be passed by the House of Representatives in the “autumn” sittings. Some earlier posts here, here, here and here. IP Australia’s summary. The EM.

Raising the bar – some differences between the Exposure draft and the Bill

As noted previously, the Intellectual Property Laws (Raising the Bar) Amendments Bill was introduced earlier this week, following fairly extensive consultations on an exposure draft of the Bill. Patentology has now looked at some of the differences in the proposed changes to the Patents Act between the exposure draft and the Bill as introduced here. His earlier post looked at the different transitional regime for the new standards for patentability.

Resale royalty right

The previously foreshadowed bill to introduce the resale royalty right has been introduced into Parliament. The Resale Royalty Right for Visual Artists Bill and EM can be found here. The Bill has been referred to the House’s (not the Senate’s) Standing Committee on Climate Change, Water, Environment and the Arts for consideration and an advisory report to the House by 20 February 2009. Presumably, if the Government and the “Coalition” can.. Read More

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