2012 | Intellectual property reform

ON THIS DAY in 2012, the Commonwealth Parliament passed the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012. Most of the Act commenced on 15 April 2013.

The Act reforms Australian intellectual property law. It amends the Patent Act 1990, Copyright Act 1968, Trade Marks Act 1995, Designs Act 2003 and Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994.

The bar has indeed been raised for patent entitlement whilst patent protection has been strengthened. The Act also introduces a raft of procedural and jurisdictional reforms.