Last updated: 
25 July 2019

Update: Bill introduced into Parliament

The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Bill 2019 was introduced to the Senate on 25 July 2019, and is currently before the Parliament for consideration.

Schedule 1 of the Bill includes amendments to introduce an objects clause into the Patents Act 1990 and to commence the phasing out of the innovation patent system.

Schedules 2-3 of the Bill will make a number of changes to the Crown use provisions for patents and designs respectively.

Schedule 4 of the Bill amends the compulsory licensing provisions of the Patents Act.  

Schedules 5-8 of the Bill will make a number of technical amendments to the Patents Act and Trade Marks Act to streamline procedures and increase efficiency.

Update: response to further consultation

From 16 November to 21 December 2018, IP Australia consulted on draft regulations to accompany this Bill and associated explanatory material. This consultation has now closed, and we have responded to the submissions received. Please see our consultation page for more details, including changes proposed to the draft regulations as a result of the consultation process.


From 23 July to 31 August 2018, IP Australia sought public comment on the Exposure Draft of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Bill. The consultation is now closed.

Thank you to all who contributed and provided submissions to our consultation.

We have considered all of the submissions and a response to this consultation detailing further changes, other outcomes, and our reasoning is available.

The Exposure Draft Bill is proposed to implement further aspects of the Government’s response to the Productivity Commission’s  inquiry into Australia’s intellectual property (IP) arrangements (Government Response).

These measures are included in Schedule 1 of the draft Bill and include:

  • Introducing an objects clause into the Patents Act 1990 (Patents Act)
  • Phasing out of the innovation patent system

The Bill also includes amendments to the Crown use provisions of the patents and designs legislation and compulsory licensing provisions in the Patents Act, in schedules 2-4.

Finally, the draft Bill contains measures to streamline processes within the Patents Act and the Trade Marks Act 1995 and make technical improvements to the legislation. These measures are included in Schedules 5-8 to the draft Bill.

Legislation to implement other parts of the Government Response was enacted on 24 August 2018.

Draft legislation and explanatory materials

Submissions received

The consultation period closed on 31 August 2018.

Thank you to all who provided submissions.

We received 18 submissions from the following:

  • AIPPI Australia
  • Aristocrat Leisure Ltd
  • AusBiotech
  • Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman
  • Cochlear and ResMed – redacted at submitter’s request
  • Dr Hazel Moir
  • Dr Mark Summerfield
  • FICPI Australia (Australian Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys)
  • Institute of Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys of Australia
  • Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia
  • Law Council of Australia
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Medicines Australia
  • Mylan
  • Mr Andrew Morton
  • Mr David Webber
  • New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys – redacted at submitter’s request.

Copies of the submissions are available.

Previous consultation

IP Australia has previously consulted on the measures in schedules 1-4 of the Bill in the form of options papers. Details of the consultation, including the options paper, submissions received, and IP Australia’s response are available.

IP Australia has also previously consulted on the phasing out of the innovation patent system in its consultation of the Exposure Draft and Draft Explanatory Memorandum of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Bill 2018. Consultation documents and submissions are available.

Note that IP Australia has not previously consulted on amendments of the Schedules 5-8 to the draft Bill, however most proposals have been published on IP Australia’s register of new policy issues.