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Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Page: 4627


Senator Cormann asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 20 May 2009:

(1)   Has the department considered opposing the grant of any patent, or applying to revoke any granted patent, concerning or relating to a: (a) biopharmaceutical; (b) genetic test; or (c) diagnostic test.

(2)   For each instance where the department considered opposing the grant of any patent, or applying to revoke any granted patent in (1) above, can details be provided of deliberations and reasons why action was/was not taken.


Senator Ludwig (Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) —The Minister for Health and Ageing has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   No.

(2)   Not applicable.