Policy ID: 
10
Status: 
In Parliament
Priority: 
High
Issue summary: 
The Productivity Commission in its 2016 report into Australia's IP arrangements, and the former Advisory Council on Intellectual Property in its 2015 review of the innovation patent system both recommended that the innovation patent be abolished. The government accepted this recommendation.
History: 

Legislative drafting 04-Sept-2017

Consultation 23-Oct-2017 to 4-Dec-2017

Policy development 5-Dec-2017

Consultation 28-Mar-2018

Department of Industry consultation 25-May-2018 to 3-Aug-2018

Consultation 23-Jul-2018 to 31-Aug-2018

Legislative drafting 1-Sep-2018

In Parliament 25-Jul-2019

Comments: 

The Government has accepted the Productivity Commission’s recommendation to phase out the innovation patent, but decided to remove this measure from the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Bill 2018 and include it in the subsequent Bill, the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Bill 2019. This Bill was introduced into the Parliament on 25 July 2019.

IP Australia previously consulted on the phasing out of the innovation patent system in 2018.

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science also undertook further industry consultations from 25 May – 3 August 2018 and 26 April – 26 June 2019 targeted at better understanding the needs of innovative SMEs before the phase out of the innovation patent occurs.

Tag: 
ACIP
Productivity Commission
Patents