IP Australia, the government department that administers Australian Intellectual Property (IP) rights, is inviting submissions on proposed streamlining of IP processes.
As some growers or companies involved in breeding or commercialising plant varieties own Plant Breeders’ Rights and/or Trade Marks, they may wish to review the proposed changes and submit comments.
IP Australia acknowledge that some of the processes for obtaining, maintaining and challenging IP rights are overly complex or do not balance the legitimate interests of all parties. This creates costs for businesses dealing with the IP system, particularly small to medium enterprises who are particularly sensitive to red tape and uncertainty.
Submissions are invited by 7 April 2015. The public Consultation Paper may be found at the IP Australia website.