Productivity Commission Launches Review into Compulsory Licensing
25 Jul 2012
The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a review into compulsory licensing under the Patents Act.
The Terms of Reference require the Commission to:
- Assess whether the current Australian provisions can be invoked efficiently and effectively;
- Recommend any measures to efficiently exercise these safeguard provisions, in a manner consistent with Australia’s international obligations; and
- Recommend any alternative mechanisms, to ensure that the balance between incentives to innovate and access to technology best reflects the objectives and reasonable access to health care solutions, maximising economic growth and growing the manufacturing industry
In undertaking the inquiry, the Commission will take into account the recent changes to the intellectual property system reflected in theIntellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar)ACT 2012 and the range of international approaches.
Last Updated: 29/11/2012