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  Australian Intellectual Property Journal   (Australia)
  Volume 18, Number 2, May 2007
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  • EDITORIAL
        p.69                                                                                        +cite    

  • ARTICLES
  • An examination of the Crown use provisions in the Patents Act
        Tracey Dembo
        p.70                                                                                        +cite        
        The provisions in Pt 2 of Ch 17 of the Patents Act 1990 (Cth) (commonly referred to as the "Crown use provisions") allow the Crown and its authorities to use patents owned by other parties for its own purposes without the owner's consent. Following the review of these provisions by the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP), this article analyses their operation. It evaluates the application of the provisions in light of certain policy considerations and examines the recommendations put forward in the ACIP Review. It argues that the provisions can, and should, be amended so as to better serve the public interest.
  • Copyright: Defining "musical works" in common law countries
        Mary Sheargold
        p.96                                                                                        +cite        
        This article examines the approach taken by Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom in their definition of the term "musical work" under their respective copyright legislation. The lack of an adequate definition to protect the scope of all works composers consider to be "musical works" has led to inquiries in musicology and philosophy, as well as jurisprudence, to investigate the possibility of creating a suitable definition in future legislation. Through the specific example of lyrics, and whether or not these form part of a musical work, a serious dichotomy between jurisdictions is observed. Moving forward, this article questions how a legislative definition will cope with improvisation, and with contemporary art music genres.
  • Section 62A: Pandora's box for trade mark practitioners?
        Paul Sumpter
        p.110                                                                                      +cite        
        In September 2006, the Trade Marks Act 199 (Cth) was amended. A number of changes were introduced, among them a new s 62A providing a ground of opposition on the basis that an application "was made in bad faith". This article explores the possible approaches to that provision.