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Did you know that the patent system affects you?
Every day, patents are granted for inventions relating to important new technologies. These include health technology and pharmaceuticals, 3D printing, nanotechnology, robotics, electronic communication devices, and many other things.
Breakthrough inventions can have a significant impact on your everyday life. For example, antibiotics have had a profound effect on human health, and WiFi has made it easier to communicate and share information.
So why do we have a patent system? Is it just to encourage businesses to innovate and contribute to Australia’s economic growth? Or should it also seek to improve social well-being? The answer to these questions can influence the way that Australia’s patent system works.
It is important to have a system that balances the needs of producers, owners and users of technology, as well as those of the public. While Australia’s patent law currently has some safeguards that allow the Government and competitors to access patented technologies in exceptional circumstances (Crown Use and compulsory licensing), there is no overarching statement to explain what the patent system is for and how it should be used. This overarching statement would be particularly useful should a case end up in court.
Did you know that the patent system is also evolving?
In response to work by the Productivity Commission, the Government recently announced reforms to improve and modernise Australia’s patent system. These reforms will create a more balanced system that encourages and rewards innovation and creativity while appropriately recognising community interests.
IP Australia, a government agency that administers IP rights and laws relating to patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder’s rights, has released a consultation paper on introducing an objects clause to Australia’s patent law. This will clarify the purpose of the patent system. You can influence the final wording of this objects clause by making a submission.
You might also be interested in three other consultation papers relating to the patent system, which are open for submissions:
Amending the provisions for compulsory licensing of Patents;
Amending the provisions for Crown use of Patents and Designs; and
Further aligning the level of inventiveness of patents in Australia with international best practice.
IP Australia is seeking responses from anyone interested in the proposed options. Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 17 November 2017.
Now is the opportunity for you to help shape and develop the Australian patent system.
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