IP Law Reform in Australia: a story of mixed successes and failures (Canberra)
Free Public Lecture
47 Bowes Street, Phillip
T: 03 9035 1111
This event is presented in conjunction with the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia, and has been generously supported by AIPPI, IP Australia, IPSANZ and LESANZ.
Australia’s intellectual property laws have proliferated since federation, when responsibility for them was placed in the new Commonwealth Parliament. Many of these have been imported from abroad, in particular the United Kingdom, or have been adopted as a consequence of our international engagements.
Increasingly, however, our IP law and policy-making has assumed a distinctly Australian character, and our IP laws have moved towards the centre of national innovation and development policy. The history of IP law reform has been a mixed one, with both highs and lows, but there is now much greater awareness of the need for well-functioning and effective IP laws.
In this lecture, Sam Ricketson will review our past successes and failures in IP law reform, and will consider what the lessons are for the future.
The Francis Gurry Lecture on Intellectual Property
The Francis Gurry Lecture on Intellectual Property was established by Melbourne Law School, in conjunction with the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia, in 2009. The lecture is named in honour of the Law School’s distinguished alumnus, Dr Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (2008-).
Professor Emeritus Sam Ricketson
For more than 40 years Sam Ricketson has been engaged in teaching, researching, practising and reforming IP law. As the author of the authoritative historical analyses of the Berne Convention and the Paris Convention, and other major academic works, he is a preeminent figure in the IP community, both nationally and internationally. In addition to holding academic positions at the University of Melbourne, the University of London and Monash University, Sam has engaged in legal practice as a member of the Copyright Tribunal and as a Barrister. He has contributed to law reform as a consultant to the Australian Law Reform Commission and as a member of Intellectual Property Advisory Committee, the Law Council of Australia and the Victorian Law Reform Commission. Following his recent retirement from Melbourne Law School, Sam was appointed a Professor Emeritus by the University of Melbourne.