The Productivity Commission in its 2013 report on compulsory licensing recommended that a public interest test should replace existing criteria based on the 'reasonable requirements of the public' in the Patents Act. This would aim to provide an access regime when greater use of a patented invention would deliver a substantial net benefit to the community.
Consultation 30-Aug-2017 to 17-Nov-2017
Policy development 20-Nov-2017
High priority, due to public interest in ensuring compulsory licensing provisions are clear and accessible.
Public consultation is closed.