Policy ID: 
2
Status: 
Legislative drafting
Priority: 
High
Issue summary: 
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.
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

Comments: 

High priority, due to public interest in ensuring compulsory licensing provisions are clear and accessible.

IP Australia consulted on draft legislation from 23 July to 31 August 2018. The Bill will be introduced into the Parliament in 2019, subject to the Government’s priorities.

Tag: 
Compulsory Licensing
Productivity Commission
Patents