Australia’s current Designs Act was passed in 2003 and commenced in 2004. Given its age, and concerns that have been raised over the years, the Australian Government has appointed an independent body – The Advisory Council on...more
A Productivity Commission Inquiry into Compulsory Licensing of Patents has released a Report recommending that the overlap that exists with the Competition and Consumer Act be removed from the Patents Act and that the...more
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2013 includes proposed changes to the Crown use provisions that are intended to provide greater accountability and transparency by the Government and to clarify that Crown use...more
There are a few simple steps that a foreign agent can take to minimise patent costs in Australia, from filing through to grant.
Voluntarily request examination -
Examination of an Australian patent application must...more