IP Australia has released draft legislation to amend Australia's intellectual property laws. The stated goals of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Bill 2011 (PDF) are grouped into six broad themes:

  1. Raising the quality of granted patents
  2. Free access to patented inventions for research and regulatory activities
  3. Reducing delays in resolving patent and trade mark applications
  4. Assisting the operations of the IP profession
  5. Improving mechanisms for trade mark and copyright enforcement
  6. Simplifying the IP system

DCC partner Michael Caine discusses the proposed changes

Michael Caine, a Davies Collison Cave partner and Convenor of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia's Patent Legislation Committee recently spoke with Boardroom Radio to discuss the changes to Australia's patent laws.

You can listen to his interview here or read an interview with Michael by SmartCompany.com.au.

Deadline for submissions: 4 April, 2011

IP Australia has invited interested stakeholders to provide feedback on the draft bill, and will consider these submissions before finalising the text of the Bill. The deadline for written submissions is 4 April 2011 and should be sent to MDB-Reform@ipaustralia.gov.au.