Crown use - lack of clarity around 'services'

At a glance

Policy ID: 1

Status: Completed

Priority: High

Patents Productivity commission Compulsory licensing

Issue summary

The Productivity Commission (PC) in its 2013 report on compulsory licensing recommended that the Patents Act be amended to clarify the circumstances and conditions by which Crown use can be invoked, in particular that it is available for services that the government has the primary responsibility for providing or funding.

The PC also considered that there was insufficient transparency and accountability in Crown use of patents. The PC recommended that additional safeguards be put in place around Crown use, including greater negotiation, Ministerial oversight and improved remuneration for patent holders. Similar amendments would be considered for the Designs Act, which has the same provisions for Crown use as the Patents Act.

History

  • Consultation 30-Aug-2017 to 17-Nov-2017
  • Policy development 20-Nov-2017
  • Legislative drafting 26-Mar-2018
  • Consultation 23-Jul-2018 to 31-Aug-2018
  • Legislative drafting 1-Sep-2018
  • In Parliament 25-Jul-2019
  • Royal Assent 26-Feb-2020
  • Completed¬†26-Feb-2020

Comments

This item is included in the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Act 2020 which commences on 27 February 2020.

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