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New Productivity Commission inquiry into IP announced

27 August 2015

The terms of reference of a new Productivity Commission (the Commission) inquiry into Australia's intellectual property arrangements have been released.

The inquiry will focus on how the Australian Government can encourage creativity within the economy while striking a balance with protecting IP rights holders. The inquiry will focus on:

  • Examining the efficacy of the current intellectual property framework as it applies to research and innovation, goods and services and commerce.
  • Recommending over-arching amendments where necessary to facilitate improved creativity by businesses and individuals, improving access to quality goods and services, better educating the public on infringement matters and streamlining compliance processes.

The Commission has highlighted a number of areas of interest for investigation including obligations under international trade agreements and the economic impact of intellectual property protection among others. It is anticipated that the final report will be delivered in August 2016.

For more information please contact:

Andrew Nicholson | Partner
Mullins Lawyers
t +61 7 3224 0261
f +61 7 3224 0333
anicholson@mullinslaw.com.au

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