Dealing with oppositions
In November 2011, the Government responded to three reports on gene patents and patentable subject matter:
- Senate Community Affairs References Committee Gene Patents Report
- Advisory Council on Intellectual Property report Patentable Subject Matter
- Australian Law Reform Commission report Genes and Ingenuity: Gene Patenting and Human Health.
The Government accepted recommendations to amend the Patents Act 1990 to introduce:
- an objects clause to assist in the interpretation of the Act, and
- an exclusion from patentability for inventions, the commercialisation of which would be considered wholly offensive by the Australian public.
A consultation paper has been released to encourage discussion and seek views on the proposed amendments:
IP Australia invites interested parties to make written submissions by 27 September 2013 and, in particular, seeks responses to the questions posed in the paper.
Making a submission
Written submissions should be sent to email@example.com
The contact officer is Terry Moore, who may be contacted on (02) 6283 2632.
For accessibility reasons, please submit responses via email in a Word or RTF format. An additional PDF version may also be submitted.
Please note that, unless requested otherwise, written comments submitted to IP Australia may be made publicly available or disclosed to another Commonwealth agency.
Privacy and confidentiality notice
A request made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 for access to your submission, including an in confidence submission, will be determined in accordance with that Act.
Last Updated: 23/11/2013