Last updated: 
16 November 2018

IP Australia has released draft regulations for public comment. These regulations are associated with the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Bill 2018. Consultation on the text of the Bill closed on 31 August 2018.

Together, the Bill and associated regulations will enable further aspects of the Government’s response to the Productivity Commission’s (PC) inquiry into Australia’s intellectual property (IP) arrangements. The Bill and associated regulations will also streamline processes and make it easier to apply for and maintain IP rights.

Parts 1-3 of the draft regulations make changes that are consequential to the proposed changes in the Bill and include:

  • Amendments to support phasing out of the innovation patent system
  • Amendments that are consequential to the changes made in Crown Use in the proposed Bill
  • Amendments that are consequential to the proposed changes made to compulsory licensing in the proposed Bill

Parts 4-7 of the draft regulations improve how translations of patent documents are filed with IP Australia, and make other technical improvements to the patent and designs regulations.

The regulations are intended to be made when the Bill passes Parliament.

Draft regulations and explanatory materials

Previous consultation

IP Australia has previously consulted on an exposure draft of the text of the Bill. Details of the consultation, including the options paper, submissions received, and IP Australia’s response can be found on the IP Australia website.

Making a submission

We are seeking comments on the draft regulations, particularly on any unintended consequences of these regulations or issues with the drafting.

We invite all interested parties to make written submissions on the Exposure Drafts by 21 December 2018. Please send submissions to For accessibility reasons, please submit responses by email in Word, RTF, or PDF format.

Contact officer

Sean Applegate

Ph: (02) 6283 2207


Privacy Notice

Personal information is collected by IP Australia during this public consultation for the purposes of gaining stakeholder insights and comments on the proposed amendments to the Intellectual Property Rights legislation and regulations, and is protected by the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act).

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