The passing of the Bill – formally known as the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Bill 2012 – heralds a new phase in Australian intellectual property law and practice.
While the majority of the provisions of the Bill will not come into force until 12 months from the date of assent (i.e. not before March 2013), when the provisions do commence, they will bring about some significant and interesting changes to a range of IP laws. In particular, the Bill will:
Notably, the following provisions will commence the day after the Bill is assented to:
Click here for our previous alert which includes a summary of key changes to patent and trade mark laws.
Click here to read the Bill in full.