The Federal Government has released the explanatory statement and final draft version of the Regulations implementing the changes to Australia's intellectual property laws brought about by the Raising The Bar reforms.

The Regulations, which are still awaiting approval by the Australian Governor-General, will come into force on 15 April 2013.

The Raising the Bar reforms are the most significant reforms to Australia's intellectual property laws in over 20 years. The reforms extend across Australian patent, trade mark, copyright and design laws.

The draft Explanatory Statement and Regulations are available for download from IP Australia's website.

Please continue to refer back to our website regularly for further updates and more detailed comment on the draft Regulations.