The Prime Minister has released the list of legislation proposed for introduction in the Autumn sittings of Federal Parliament, starting Tuesday 8 February.

The only proposed Bill affecting intellectual property is the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill, which will:

  • raise patent standards and increase certainty in the validity of granted patents
  • give researchers the freedom to innovate without the threat of litigation
  • speed up the processes for determining patent and trade mark applications
  • improve the operations of the intellectual property profession
  • improve mechanisms for trade mark and copyright enforcement in Australia
  • modernise aspects of Australia’s intellectual property system

Once the Bill is made publicly available we'll examine it in more depth.