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Innovation patent consultation on the consultation

IP Australia issues consultation paper on ACIP’s report into the innovation patent system

ACIP on innovation patents

ACIP’s final report into Innovation Patents has been published.

The (online) price of things in Australia

the Fairfax media claim that Australians are paying much higher prices for fashion from overseas chains than they charge in their online stores too. Apparently, up to 35% more ….

Compulsory Licensing of Patents – Productivity Commission

The Productivity Commission’s report on Compulsory Licensing of Patents has been published. One key recommendation is to replace the compulsory licence provisions in the s 133 of the Patents Act with a compulsory licence regime in the Competition and Consumer Act: The Australian Government should seek to remove s. 133(2)(b) from the Patents Act 1990 (Cwlth), so that a compulsory licence order based on restrictive trade practices of the patent.. Read More

Productivity Commission on Compulsory Licensing: Draft Report

The Productivity Commission has released its draft Report on Compulsory Licensing of  Patents. There are 10 chapters and 4 appendices. The main (draft) recommendations at this stage are the repeal of s 133(2)(b), 135 and 136 of the Patents Act. The Productivity Commission also in substance renews the call to repeal s 51(3) of the Competition and Consumer Act. The primary object to these recommendations is to make the avenue.. Read More

House committee recommends Parliament pass the tobacco plain packaging legislation

In a report tabled today¬†(pdf), the House of Representatives’ Health and Ageing committee has recommended that the House pass the tobacco plain packaging legislation. The Committee noted the submissions about possible breaches of TRIPS, the Paris Convention, the Constitution etc. and said at [1.63]: While the Committee recognises that there are … complex legal issues relating intellectual property and trade marks, it considers these issues to be beyond the purview.. Read More