Any comments sofa-r? Government response on Designs consultation

After countless issues papers, roundtables, draft reports and recommendations—after multiple changes of Government—IP Australia has commenced consultation on designs reform in Australia. In 2016, the Australian government had published its response to the three year long ACIP Review of the Designs System, which culminated in a Final report released in May 2015.  The current Australian designs system has been in operation since the commencement of the Designs Act on 17 June 2004. IP Australia is now seeking feedback on three key topics before consultation closes on 20 December 2019. read more...
Subjects: Designs

Counter-productive? Australia’s Productivity Commission releases Final Report into Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements

Yesterday, Australia’s Productivity Commission released their Final Report into Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements. This report was sent to Government on 23 September 2016. The Government is carrying out additional public consultation in relation to the recommendations made in the Final Report, which differ in key respects from some of the Commission’s draft recommendations. You can read more...

Government announces economic analysis of ALRC copyright recommendations

Yesterday, the Government announced that it has commissioned an economic analysis of some of the recommendations made by the Australian Law Reform Commission in its Copyright and the Digital Economy Report. The ALRC’s report, which was publicly released in February 2014, made a number of recommendations for reform of Australian Copyright law.  One of the read more...
Subjects: Copyright

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The Harper Review (IP Update)

We previously reported on the Competition Policy Review Panel’s Draft Report on the effectiveness of Australia’s current competition laws and policy (see our earlier post here). As well as competition issues, the review also examined the impact of the intellectual property regime on innovation, trade and competition policy. Yesterday, the Panel released its Final Report read more...

ACIP’s Review of the Designs Systems proposes three approaches to reform

In 2012, the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) was tasked by the Government with conducting a review of the operation and effectiveness of the Designs Act 2003 (Cth) in supporting innovation. Late last year, ACIP released its Options Paper on the Designs Act (available online here). The Options Paper proposed three approaches to reform. read more...
Subjects: Designs

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