IP Australia's policy issue register is a list of issues that we are considering or working on for policy action or legislative amendment.
Issues come to our attention as a result of:
- government priorities
- recommendations from IP related reviews
- stakeholder suggestions
- international developments
- internal proposals.
The issues relate to the IP rights we administer: patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder's rights (PBR).
Why this register is important
This register aims to enhance public participation in government decision making. This is consistent with the Government's Open Government National Action Plan.
We invite feedback on each individual issue with an accompanying form. You can also submit new policy issues for our consideration. Issues on this register are being considered. This does not mean that any legislative or policy changes will necessarily take effect.
We work closely with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to advise the Government on IP policy. The Government determines which issues will ultimately be the subject of proposed legislative amendments.
IP Australia's current legislative agenda
Our current legislative agenda consists of three main parts:
- Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission response Part 1 and other measures) Act 2018: This Act received Royal Assent on 24 August 2018 and was implemented on 24 February 2019. Further information on the Act is available here.
- Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission response Part 2 and other measures) Bill 2019: This Bill was introduced to the Senate on 25 July 2019 and is currently being considered. This Bill implements Part 2 of the Government’s response to the 2016 Productivity Commission report into Australia’s intellectual property arrangements. The Bill introduces an objects clause into the Patents Act 1990, commences the phasing out of the innovation patent and makes a number of changes to Crown use and compulsory licensing of patents and designs.
- Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (A modern designs system) Bill: Subject to Government approval, this Bill will include accepted recommendations from the former Advisory Council on Intellectual Property's (ACIP) 2015 review of the designs system along with some other high-priority designs matters. Consultation on a number of policy proposals for inclusion in this Bill is proposed to commence in the second half of 2019.
IP Australia’s Corporate Plan 2019/20 includes development of its policy and legislative agenda in consultation with stakeholders under Horizon 1 (2018-2022). We would welcome feedback from stakeholders to inform future priorities for changes to the IP rights system.
In addition to commenting on specific policy issues, we welcome comments on the broad direction that future policy work could take. For example, are there particular IP rights (i.e. patents, trade marks, designs, plant breeder’s rights, Olympic insignia), themes, or aspects of the IP system, that future reforms should address as a priority?
Submissions may be made using our general Policy Register feedback form.
Further queries regarding the forward legislative agenda may be directed to:
- Andrew Wilkinson (02 6225 6199 or Andrew.Wilkinson@ipaustralia.gov.au)
- Lisa Bailey (02 6222 3695 or Lisa.Bailey@ipaustralia.gov.au)
- Paul Gardner (02 6283 2145 or Paul.Gardner@ipaustralia.gov.au)