Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2013

Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
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Amends the: Patents Act 1990 to: modify the operation of the Crown use provisions; implement the Protocol amending the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property to enable Australian pharmaceutical manufacturers to supply developing countries with generic versions of patented medicines; and make technical amendments; Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994 to enable the owners of plant breeder’s rights in a plant variety with the option to take action in the Federal Circuit Court against alleged infringers; Designs Act 2003, Patents Act 1990, Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994 and Trade Marks Act 1995 to provide for a single trans-Tasman patent attorney regime and single patent application and examination processes for Australia and New Zealand; and Designs Act 2003, Patents Act 1990 and Trade Marks Act 1995 to remove document retention requirements.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 30 May 2013
Second reading moved 30 May 2013
Second reading debate 24 Jun 2013
Second reading agreed to 24 Jun 2013
Third reading agreed to 25 Jun 2013
Introduced and read a first time 28 Jun 2013
Second reading moved 28 Jun 2013
Lapsed at end of Parliament 12 Nov 2013

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Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

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Text of bill

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

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