Archived IP reviews from ACIP

  • Review of the Designs System

    1 MAY 2012

    Review commenced: 01/05/2012
    Duration of review: 2012-2015

    The current designs system has been in operation since the commencement of the Designs Act 2003 on 17 June 2004. The designs system protects the visual features of a product - including the shape, configuration, pattern and ornamentation which, when applied to the product, give it a unique appearance.

  • Review of the innovation patent system

    1 FEB 2011

    Review commenced: 01/02/2011
    Duration of review: 2011-2014

    The innovation patent system was established in 2001 to stimulate innovation in Australian small to medium business enterprises. It protects incremental or low level inventions that do not meet the inventive threshold required for standard patent protection and are not covered by design legislation.

  • Collaborations between the public and private sectors: the role of intellectual property

    11 JAN 2010

    Review commenced: 11/01/2010
    Duration of review: 2010-2012

    Responding to concerns raised about the low level of collaborations between business, universities and other publicly-funded research organisations (PFROs), the Australian Government asked ACIP to conduct a review of these collaborations.

  • Review of patentable subject matter

    2 JAN 2008

    Review commenced: 02/01/2008
    Duration of review: 2008-2011

    In its broad ranging 2004 review of gene patenting and human health, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) found that the 'manner of manufacture' test used in Australia to determine patentability was ambiguous and obscure.

  • Review of enforcement of plant breeder's rights (PBR)

    1 MAR 2007

    Review commenced: 01/03/2007
    Duration of review: 2007-2010

    Responding to concerns raised about difficulties in enforcing plant breeder's rights, the Australian Government asked ACIP to conduct a review of the enforcement of plant breeder's rights.

  • Review of post-grant patent enforcement strategies

    1 NOV 2006

    Review commenced: 01/11/2006
    Duration of review: 2006-2010

    Responding to concerns raised about difficulties in enforcing patent rights, the Australian Government asked ACIP to conduct a review of post-grant patent enforcement strategies.

  • Consideration of patents and experimental use

    5 JAN 2005

    Review commenced: 05/01/2004
    Duration of review: 2004-2007

    In the early 2000s, there was increasing concern, both in Australia and overseas, that patent rights might be inhibiting research and development, particularly in biotechnology. Following on from these concerns, the Australian Government asked ACIP to examine whether some types of patents were inhibiting research and development in Australia and whether there would be benefits from introducing an experimental use exception provision into Australia's patent legislation.

  • Review of the relationship between trade marks and business names, company names and domain names

    2 JAN 2004

    Review commenced: 02/01/2004
    Duration of review: 2004-2006

    The Australian Government asked ACIP to examine and report on the relationship between trade marks and business names, company names and domain names as a result of concerns raised about the confusion created by these identifiers.

  • Consideration of Crown use

    3 NOV 2003

    Review commenced: 03/11/2003
    Duration of review: 2003-2005

    Following concerns raised about the misuse of Crown use provisions, the Australian Government asked ACIP to review whether these provisions in patents and designs legislation continue to reflect their intended purpose - particularly in light of the widespread corporatisation of government organisations.

  • Consideration of extending the jurisdiction of the Federal Magistrates Service to patent, trade marks and designs matters

    1 JUL 2002

    Review commenced: 01/07/2002
    Duration of review: 2001-2004

    In the mid-late 1990s, some sectors of industry lobbied the Australian Government for a quicker, more cost effective mechanism to deal with IP disputes.

  • Consideration of a position on the patenting of business systems

    1 JUL 2002

    Review commenced: 01/07/2002
    Duration of review: 2002-2005

    In the late 1990s - early 2000s there was a rapid increase in the patenting of business systems such as e-commerce models. This increased patenting activity raised issues regarding patentable subject matter and the impacts that these patents have on business.

  • Consideration of excluding plant and animal subject material from the innovation patent

    3 JUN 2002

    Review commenced: 03/06/2002
    Duration of review: 2002-2004

    The innovation patent system commenced in May 2001 for the same type of subject matter as inventions covered by standard patents, except that they were not available for plants and animals, or biological processes for the generation of plants and animals. This exclusion does not apply if the invention is a microbiological process or a product of such a process.

  • Review of the enforcement of trade marks

    2 JAN 2002

    Review commenced: 02/01/2002
    Duration of review: 2001-2004

    This wide ranging review examined issues affecting the enforcement of trade marks in Australia and followed on from ACIP's earlier Review of the Enforcement of Industrial Property Rights.

  • Review of the protection of national icons

    15 JAN 2001

    Review commenced: 15/01/2001
    Duration of review: 2001-2005

    The Australian Government had been repeatedly approached by organisations and individuals asking for special trade mark protection for symbols and identifiers which they believe to be 'national icons'.

  • Review of the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (patent enforcement)

    5 JAN 1998

    Review commenced: 05/01/1998
    Duration of review: 1998-1999

    Following a request from the Australian Government, ACIP reviewed the enforcement of industrial property rights in Australia.

  • Review of the petty patent system

    2 OCT 1994

    Review commenced: 02/10/1994
    Duration of review: 1994-1995

    The Australian Government asked ACIP to review the petty patent system in response to recommendations made in a report (The Role of Intellectual Property in Innovation) to the Prime Minister's Science and Engineering Council.

Last updated: 
16 February 2016