IP Australia releases draft amendments to intellectual property legislation

Article written by: Dr Katherine Hebditch    |   Wednesday 14th December 2016

The Intellectual Property Office of Australia has released an Exposure Draft of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2017 and the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Regulations 2017.

The stated purpose of the Bill is to improve the administration of the Australian IP system by simplifying and streamlining laws and procedures relating to Australian intellectual property rights and reducing regulatory costs in order to better meet the needs of businesses dealing with the system.

The Bill proposes changes across Australia’s intellectual property system including the Copyright Act 1968, Designs Act 2003, Olympic Insignia Protection Act 1987, Patents Act 1990, Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994 and the Trade Marks Act 1995.

The Bill, Regulations and an accompanying Explanatory Memorandum can be found here.

Submissions on the Exposure drafts are invited and can be made in writing before 22 January 2017.


We will keep you updated with any further developments. Please contact a Baldwins representative with any questions around this legislation. 

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