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Seychelles: The Industrial Property Act 2014 (Act No. 7 of 2014), which entered into force on March 1, 2015, repeals the Patents Act (Chapter 156) and the Trade Marks Decree (Chapter 239). It brings several significant changes in Seychelles’ industrial property regime to comply with the Paris Convention, the PCT and the WIPO Convention. Among others, the changes include the extension of the term of a patent from 14 to 20 years, the prolongation of the period of a trademark registration, which is now of 10 years from the filing date of the application with a renewal for 7-year periods, and the establishment of the protection system for industrial designs, utility models and layout designs of integrated circuits.

Australia: The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Act 2015, which was passed by the Parliament on February 9, 2015, and received Royal Assent on February 25, 2015, will come into force in its entirety on August 25, 2015. It amends the Patents Act 1990, the Designs Act 2003, the Trade Marks Act 1995 and the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994 in order to: (i) implement the Protocol amending the WTO TRIPS Agreement (TRIPS Protocol), which enables Australian pharmaceutical manufacturers to export patented medicines under a compulsory license to least-developed and developing countries in need; (ii) allow for a single patent application and examination processes for Australia and New Zealand and a single trans-Tasman patent attorney regime in the framework of the Single Economic Market (SEM) initiative; (iii) make minor administrative changes to the Patents, Trademarks and Designs Acts to repeal unnecessary document retention provisions that are governed solely by the Archives Act 1983; and (iv) enable the owners of plant breeder’s rights the option to take action in the Federal Circuit Court against alleged infringers.

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