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Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Bill 2011 [2012]

2010-2011

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

As passed by both Houses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Bill 2011

 

No.      , 2011

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to intellectual property, and for related purposes

   

   



Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Schedule(s)......................................................................................... 2

Schedule 1—Raising the quality of granted patents                                          3

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                          3

Patents Act 1990                                                                                                           3

Part 2—Balance of probabilities test                                                                    14

Patents Act 1990                                                                                                         14

Part 3—Application, savings and transitional provisions                           16

Schedule 2—Free access to patented inventions for regulatory approvals and research               21

Part 1—Amendment                                                                                                     21

Patents Act 1990                                                                                                         21

Part 2—Application of amendment                                                                      23

Schedule 3—Reducing delays in resolution of patent and trade mark applications          24

Part 1—Amendments                                                                                                   24

Patents Act 1990                                                                                                         24

Trade Marks Act 1995                                                                                               29

Part 2—Application and transitional provisions                                             34

Schedule 4—Assisting the operations of the IP profession                          36

Patents Act 1990                                                                                                         36

Trade Marks Act 1995                                                                                               46

Schedule 5—Improving mechanisms for trade mark and copyright enforcement             54

Part 1—Customs seizure                                                                                             54

Copyright Act 1968                                                                                                    54

Trade Marks Act 1995                                                                                               60

Part 2—Trade Mark offences                                                                                   67

Trade Marks Act 1995                                                                                               67

Part 3—Relief for infringement of trade marks                                              74

Trade Marks Act 1995                                                                                               74

Schedule 6—Simplifying the IP system                                                                    75

Part 1—Amendments                                                                                                   75

Designs Act 2003                                                                                                        75

Patents Act 1990                                                                                                         78

Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994                                                                             95

Trade Marks Act 1995                                                                                               96

Part 2—Application and savings provisions                                                   102

 



A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to intellectual property, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2011 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1

The day after the end of the period of 12 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

3.  Schedule 2

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

4.  Schedules 3 to 5

The day after the end of the period of 12 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

5.  Schedule 6, items 1 to 86

The day after the end of the period of 12 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

6.  Schedule 6, item 87

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

7.  Schedule 6, items 88 to 134

The day after the end of the period of 12 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3   Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.