Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Bill


On 22 June 2011, a Notice of Motion was given by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research , Senator Carr to introduce the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Bill (Bill) into the Senate.

The overall purpose of the Bill is to improve Australia’s Intellectual Property Rights legislation by, amongst other things, reducing delays in resolving disputes by removing procedural hurdles, improving trade mark and copyright enforcement and simplifying the IP system generally. This will further encourage innovation and investment in Australian research and technology.

If passed, the Bill will amend the Patents Act 1990, the Trade Marks Act 1995, the Copyright Act 1968, the Designs Act 2003 and the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994.

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