CPTPP changes to come into force on 30 December 2018
On 30 December 2018, the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) Agreement (discussed here) will come into force. This means that some amendments to intellectual property laws set out in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Amendment Act 2018 will come into force the same day.
The amendments include:
- The introduction of a 12 month grace period for prior disclosure by or on behalf of the patent applicant (discussed further here),
- Enhancement of moral rights for performers under the Copyright Act 1994;
- Amendments allowing customs to seize suspected pirated or infringing goods;
- Amendments to remedies for trade mark infringement and border protection measures under the Trade Marks Act 2002.