The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Bill 2012 was passed by the House of Representatives on 20 March 2012.
The Bill must now receive the Governor General’s assent before becoming law.
Raising the Bar addresses six key areas:
- raising the quality of granted patents
- free access to patented inventions for regulatory approvals and research
- reducing delays in resolution of patent and trade mark applications
- assisting the operations of the IP profession
- improving mechanisms for trade mark and copyright enforcement
- simplifying the IP system.
Visit IP Australia’s website for more information on Raising the Bar.