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.

Patentable subject matter reform

IP Australia has issued an Issues Paper on the proposed amendments to the Patents Act: (1) to insert an “objects” clause; and (2) to exclude from patentable subject matter inventions which it would be “offensive” to commercially exploit. These plans arise out of a recommendations made by ACIP which the Government announced it accepted. The […]

Raising the Bar update

Following the conclusion of consultations about the draft Intellectual Property Legislation Amendment Regulations (the regulations to implement the “Raising the Bar” amendments), IP Australia has published a document outlining the outcomes of the consultation process. The document outlines what IP Australia is proposing to do/implement in relation to:   Schedule 1   preliminary search and […]

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 […]

Australian government consults on new gTLDs

ICANN is considering introducing new gTLDs – the top level domains that come after the last “dot” in a domain name (e.g., .com, .au). The Australian government is now seeking your views on what it’s position should be. You can find out more, and the contact details, here (pdf). Marty Schwimmer looked at some of […]

DFAT ACTA consultations

DFAT (the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) will be holding “whole of government” consultations on the draft ACTA text on 11 June 2010 in Canberra, commencing at 10.00a.m. If you’re a stakeholder wanting to be consulted, register by COB 9 June. For the contact “co-ordinates”, here. For the draft ACTA text and other interesting […]

IP Professionals Forum

IP Austraia is seeking applications from registered patent attorneys and/or trade mark attorneys for appointment to its IP Professionals Forum. According to the blurb, the IP Professionals Forum: The IP Professionals Forum is the principal forum for consultation, discussion and information exchange on IP matters that relate to IP professionals. Meetings will allow for high-level […]