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IP Australia consults on red tape streamlining and costing

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

Attorney-General on copyright reform DownUnder

The Attorney-General has given a speech outlining what looks like a major effort to reform copyright law

ALRC’s Copyright and Digital Economy Issues Paper

The ALRC has published an Issues Paper for its inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy. In an attempt to provide some structure to the anticipated submissions, the Issues Paper propounds some 55 questions over a range of topics including: should (maybe that should include “can”) Australia adopt a “fair use” exception (questions 52 – 53) – an earlier assessment by the CLRC (pdf – see p.7 for the recommendations); is there a.. Read More

Copyright reform agenda

The Commonwealth Attorney General’s opening address to the Blue Skies conference is here. Some excerpts: International reforms: While recognising that the challenges of the digital era are a global, not just national, issue, the Attorney General identified access to cultural works by the visually impaired as an area for early action: An example of one area in which I am particularly keen to see a result this year in the international arena is.. Read More

IP Australia more 2nd round consultations

IP Australia has issued a second consultation paper – with draft drafting instructions: Flexible Search and Examination Streamlining the Patent Process As with the first round of the second round, comments are required by 12 Feb 2010. The new paper and drafting instructions can be found here (pdf). Links to all the papers, pdf and word, via here.

2nd round consultations on IP reform in Australia

IP Australia has published a second round of consultation paper (pdf) on its proposals for reform of intellectual property laws and procedures in Australia. Topics covered include: Getting the Balance Right Exemptions to Patent Infringement Resolving patent opposition proceedings faster Resolving trade mark opposition proceedings faster Resolving divisional applications faster Getting the Balance Right Exemptions to Patent Infringement Resolving patent opposition proceedings faster Resolving trade mark opposition proceedings faster Resolving divisional applications faster.. Read More

IPRIA, parallel imports

IPRIA has organised a seminar in Melbourne on 15 September and Sydney on 16 September to discuss whether freeing parallel imports will make books cheaper. Speakers include both Prof. Fels, who started it all, and Dr Rhonda Smith. Details from here. Has anyone established how far the prices of CDs and computer software fell once the markets for those products became open?

Patent and Trade Mark procedures in the Office

IP Australia has released 3 further consultation papers on “IP Rights Reforms”: resolving divisional applications faster resolving patent oppositions faster resolving trade mark oppositions faster Submissions are sought by 17 August 2009. Download the papers (pdf or .doc) from here. There are also links to the earlier papers on ‘Getting the Balance Right’ and ‘Exemptions to Patent Infringement’.

Copyright Agenda

The Attorney General opened the Copyright Futures conference in Canberra yesterday. As part of his speech he mentioned that last week he held a roundtable forum with ‘about 30 of the key representative groups’. Wonder what that was about? According to the Attorney-General, some of the emerging themes were: whether the Government would benefit from an independent source of advice in addition to my Department, especially for technology and competition issues  access to.. Read More

Lessig on copyright reform

Prof. Lessig has an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal outlining his ideas on what needs to be done to put copyright “right”. Read it here. Many owners of copyright no doubt will not agree.