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Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Act 2015

Year of Version:2017
Date of Text (Enacted):February 25, 2015
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, Industrial Designs, Patents (Inventions), Plant Variety Protection, Trademarks
Notes:
Schedule 2 of the Act, entitled 'TRIPS Protocol: later commenting amendments' entered into force on January 23, 2017.

Schedule 4 of the Act, entitled 'Australia New Zealand Single Economic Market' entered into force on January 24, 2017.

The notification by Australia to the WTO under Article 63.2 of TRIPS states:
'Makes necessary amendments to the Patents Act 1990 to implement the trans-Tasman patent attorney regulatory regime.
- Makes consequential amendments to the Trade Marks Act 1995 to allow the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board to regulate Australian registered trade marks attorneys, continuing the role of the former Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys. New Zealand does not currently have a trade mark attorney profession, but a number of patent attorneys practise as trade mark specialists.
- Amends the Australian Designs Act 2003, Patents Act 1990, Plant Breeder's Rights Act 1994 and Trade Marks Act 1995 to allow applicants for these IP rights to provide a single address for service in either Australia or New Zealand. This will mean that applicants for IP rights in both these countries will not need to nominate an address for service in each country.
- Minor consequential amendments were also made to the corresponding regulations, where required.'
Available Texts: 
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WIPO Lex No.:AU426

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