IP Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012

The IP Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012 is Australia's biggest intellectual property (IP) system overhaul in 20 years. The Act came into full effect on 15 April 2013. These changes have included updates to the following legislative instruments:

  • Patents Act 1990
  • Patents Regulations 1991
  • Trade Marks Act 1995
  • Trade Marks Regulations 1995
  • Designs Act 2003
  • Designs Regulations 2004
  • Plant Breeder's Rights Act 1994
  • Copyright Act 1968

The changes affect all IP rights and the legislation addresses the following key areas:

  • raising the quality of granted patents: Australia patentability standards are now more closely aligned to international standards
  • free access to patented inventions for regulatory approvals and research: ensuring experimentation and approval for generic manufacturers is not delayed or negatively impacted by patents
  • reducing delays in resolution of patent and trade mark applications: changes to the patent and trade mark Acts reduce several timeframes associated with examination and opposition
  • assisting the operations of the IP profession: patent and trade mark attorneys now have the ability to register themselves as incorporations
  • improving mechanisms for trade mark and copyright enforcement: the Act increases the penalties for trade mark infringement, bringing the Australian system into line with our major trading partners
  • simplifying the IP system: the Act gets rid of unnecessary hurdles and simplifies the application process and is designed to make the IP system easier to use in a global setting

Public Submissions

We received 35 non-confidential submissions on the Exposure draft of the bill. Copies of these submissions are available here.

  • Joint submission from:
    • The Australian National Group of The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI Australia)
    • The Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA Australia)
    • The Federation Internationale Des Conseils Des Proprietaire Industrielle (FICPI Australia)
    • The Intellectual Property Committee of the Business Section of the Law Council of Australia (IPC)
    • The Institute of Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys of Australia (IPTA)
  • Generic Medicines Industry Association Pty Ltd
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Michael Handler and Robert Burrell
  • GM Holden Ltd.
  • Intel Corporation
  • The Institute of Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys of Australia (IPTA)
  • IPTA and FICPI
  • James Hardie Technology Ltd
  • Keith Leslie
  • The Intellectual Property Committee of the Business Section of the Law Council of Australia
  • Lord Company
  • Medicines Australia
  • Microsoft Pty Limited
  • Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI)
  • Dianne Nicol and Johnathon Liddicoat
  • Ninti One Limited
  • Nufarm Limited
  • Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd
  • Queensland Law Society
  • ResMed
  • Stephen Stern
  • AusBiotech
  • Gilbert and Tobin Part 1
  • Gilbert and Tobin Part 2
  • The Group of Eight Limited, NICTA and CSIRO
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia
  • Baker & McKenzie Part 1
  • Baker & McKenzie Part 2
  • Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA)
  • Consumers Health Forum of Australia
  • Condon and Muir (Griffith Hack)
  • Cooperative Research Centres Committtee
  • Dr. Mark Summerfield

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