The Bill will amend patent, trade mark and other intellectual property laws and is expected to come into effect in 2013. Together with detailed regulations, the new law will have a significant impact on Australian patent and trade mark practice in Australia.
The Bill now awaits final passage through the House of Representatives, which recommences sitting on 13 March 2012. Our new firm, King & Wood Mallesons, will follow the development of the law and regulations closely and will provide a further alert when they come into effect.
When passed, the law will: