Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Bill 2019

Industry, Innovation and Science
Originating house
Parliament no

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Amends the: Patents Act 1990 to: introduce an objects clause; phase out the innovation patent system; replace the 'reasonable requirements of the public' test in relation to applications for a compulsory licence with a public interest test; provide that only the patentee of a dependent patent can seek a compulsory licence over the use of the original patent; provide for 'omnibus claims' in patent specifications to be removed at stages of consideration subsequent to examination; clarify the Commissioner of Patents' power to redact sensitive information from patent documents; remove the requirement to file a certificate of verification for documents translated into English, unless required by the regulations; clarify that Crown use can be invoked for the provision of a service that any Commonwealth, state or territory government has the primary responsibility for providing or funding; require governments to seek negotiated outcomes with patent owners before invoking Crown use; and require ministerial authorisation for invoking Crown use if a negotiated outcome is unsuccessful or in emergency situations; Designs Act 2003 to modify provisions relating to Crown use consistently with the changes to the Patents Act 1990; and Patents Act 1990 and Trade Marks Act 1995 to enable the Patent Office and Trade Mark Office to keep and use their official seal in electronic form when supplying electronic certified copies of documents to customers.


Introduced and read a first time 25 Jul 2019
Second reading moved 25 Jul 2019
Second reading debate 16 Oct 2019
Second reading agreed to 16 Oct 2019
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 2 Opposition agreed to
16 Oct 2019
Third reading agreed to 16 Oct 2019
House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 16 Oct 2019
Second reading moved 05 Feb 2020
Second reading debate 05 Feb 2020
Second reading agreed to 05 Feb 2020
Third reading agreed to 05 Feb 2020
Finally passed both Houses 05 Feb 2020
  • Act no: 9
  • Year: 2020
26 Feb 2020

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