Globally aligning the Australian IP environment

Due to a steady increase in jurisprudence created under the three most recent of Australia’s four major IP acts, and through ongoing amendment of the Patents Act 1990 (Cth) in particular, the Australian IP environment is becoming increasingly aligned with those of the world’s major IP jurisdictions. Although in the past the quality of Australian court decisions has varied, the fact that there is now a bench of experienced IP judges (including the chief justice of the High Court of Australia) which pays close attention to decisions in other jurisdictions means that IP case outcomes in Australia can increasingly be expected to mirror those elsewhere. This chapter highlights recent cases and changes.

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