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Thursday, 12 August 2004
Page: 26401


Senator LUNDY (8:31 PM) —My reading of the agreement is that the Patents Act is not overly amended and it does not introduce the sorts of changes needed to meet their expressed concerns. I am seeking from you an assurance that that is the case and that the government does not expect that increased litigation is likely. I place on the record Labor's firm position that we will keep a watching brief on this issue, through the Senate select committee process that we propose, to ensure that any changes in the treatment of the management of patents in the software area are not used for anticompetitive purposes or for the exercise of selective enforcement with teams of lawyers, which was one of the views collected in the evidence of the inquiry. I think the minister has confirmed that. If he has any other comments, so be it. I do have some comments on copyright, which I would like to make later.