Submissions sought on patent enforcement recommendations

The Australian Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) has released an interim report outlining measures to assist inventors to enforce their rights and is seeking written submissions by 30 September 2009.

The proposed reforms include introducing legislation to allow Australian Customs officials tipped off about an infringing shipment to seize goods at the border; and the establishment of an IP dispute resolution centre in Australia (that would function in a similar way to the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center).