Patents – is Europe making a mess of things? Lessons for Australia?

Free public seminar presented by the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA) in association with Melbourne Law School.

Keynote Speaker: The Rt Hon. Sir Robin Jacob.  Hugh Laddie Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Director of the Institute of Brand and Innovation Law, University College London

Comment by: The Hon. Justice John Middleton.  Judge of the Federal Court of Australia

Introduced by: The Hon. Justice Susan Crennan AC.  Justice of the High Court of Australia

Unlike other successful initiative to create unitary intellectual property rights such as trade marks and designs, it has taken more than 30 years for European institutions to agree on the creation of an EU-wide unitary regime for patents.  While highly desirable form an economic perspective, these discussions have been bedeviled by differences over matters of substance as well as matters of a more procedural kind, such as language, courts and enforcement.  What does the experience have to offer Australian policy matters and practitioners?

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20 Feb 2013 6:00–7:30PM


Lecture Theatre G08, Ground Floor, Melbourne Law School Building, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton


Melbourne Law School

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