- Australian Productivity Commission releases Draft IP Report: The Productivity Commission released its draft report containing recommended changes to Australia’s IP regime on April 29, 2016. This follows from the request by the Federal Government for the Productivity Commission to undertake a comprehensive review of Australia’s IP system. A summary can be found here.
The public is invited to examine the draft report and to make written submissions by Friday 3 June 2016.The final report is expected to be handed to the Australian Government in August 2016 and published by the Commission a short time later.
- Digital Single Market Communications Leaked: In May 2015, the EU Commission launched the Digital Single Market Strategy. The objectives include:
- Rapidly concluding negotiations on common EU data protection rules.
- Giving more ambition to the ongoing reform of telecoms rules.
- Modifying copyright rules to reflect new technologies, and to make them simpler and clearer.
- Simplifying consumer rules for online purchases.
- Making it easier for innovators to start their own company.
- Boosting digital skills and learning.
- Enjoying the same online content and services regardless of the EU country we are in.
Following series of public consultations, Politico has leaked the draft Communication – Online Platforms and the Digital Single Market Opportunities and Challenges for Europe ahead of the anticipated release by the Commission at the end of May, 2016. The Kats have provided an overview of its content here.
- Defend Trade Secrets Act Passed: Following the unanimous passage of S.1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) by the US Senate earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the Act in a 410-2 vote on April 27, 2016. The Act will be presented to President Obama for his signature. For more reading on the DTSA, see here and here. You would recall that the EU Trade Secrets Directive was passed 2 weeks ago. A consolidated version of the agreed text of the Directive has been published in the Council Register and can be found here.
- IPReg appoints new Chair: Caroline Corby has been appointed as Chair of the Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg), the regulatory body of patent attorneys and trade mark attorneys. More on that here.
- In related news, Justice Arnold has been appointed to the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office as a replacement for Lord Justice Floyd, who has been the UK external member of the Enlarged Board for some years.