The Government has published its response to the Productivity Commission’s Intellectual Property Arrangements – Final Report.
Further comment will have to await. In the meantime, the media release notes:
A key priority will be to align Australian inventive step law with international best practice to ensure that the necessary protections are available to deserving inventions. The Government has also accepted the Productivity Commission’s recommendation to phase out the Innovation Patent System.
and, in not accepting the proposal to adopt a general “fair use” defence to copyright:
It is important copyright reform is considered in a holistic context rather than focused on individual issues. We will continue to work closely with stakeholders over the next 12 months to develop effective options for copyright reform.
The Australia Copyright Council is very pleased.
There will also be a new IP Policy Group (within government) to, er, monitor IP policy!
According to the Government’s Media Release, the Government is still considering the merits of a number of other proposals and “will work on these further”.
Media release 25 August 2017