Australia To Revamp IP Laws Under Free Trade Pact With U.S.

Law360, New York (February 9, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- Australia is expected to revamp its intellectual property laws following the completion of talks with the U.S. over a Free Trade Agreement.

In a concession to U.S. negotiators, Australia has agreed to align its laws with the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act and extend the term of copyright.

Moreover, Australia and the U.S. will work to further reduce differences in laws and practices relating to patents, trademarks and designs.

Australia’s conservative government called the deal a "landmark" that improved Australian exporters' access to the US market...
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