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LIV Intellectual Property Committee – Guest Presentations and legal policy reform

LIV Intellectual Property Committee – Guest Presentations and legal policy reform

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The LIV Intellectual Property Law Committee gives Section members an avenue to become involved in law reform and to participate in guest presentations held by the Committee in the area of intellectual property law.  The Committee’s next guest presentation is with Dr Evana Wright, University of Technology Sydney speaking on indigenous intellectual property rights.

The Intellectual Property Law Committee (‘the IP Committee) is part of the Commercial Law Section and includes practitioners from large firms and medium firms, sole practitioners, Victorian Bar and In House Counsel.

The IP Committee invites guests on a quarterly basis to speak at their Committee meetings on relevant areas of IP law reform.  Presenters have included speakers from the profession, academics, and Government stakeholder representatives.  The topics discussed have included artificial intelligence and intellectual property rights, IP safe harbor provisions in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, legislative policy development at IP Australia, and the commercialisation of IP. 

The guest presentations are generally conducted in an informal roundtable setting where presenters speak for about 40 minutes and take questions from attendees on the presentation.  However, in the current climate guest presentations have been conducted by way of Zoom.  The next guest presentation is to be held on Wednesday 11 November 2020 at 8am with the Dr Evana Wright speaking on intellectual property and indigenous knowledge and cultural expressions. 

Dr Evana Wright has been invited to present in light of the recent media attention given to the controversial patent application by an American cosmetics giant Mary K to extract ingredients from the Kakadu plum alleged to have been an important source of food and medicine for the Mirarr people.  Dr Evana Wright has also been invited to speak due to recent controversy surrounding the copyright ownership in the Aboriginal Flag and the Senate Select Committee report on how use of the aboriginal flag may be managed in the future.

In relation to IP Committee’s legal policy reform initiatives, the Committee has been active over the years in contributing to legal policy reform with submissions and stakeholder engagement on topics such as the draft IP Laws Amendment Bills, the Patents Act objects clause review, the proposed IP toolkit for collaboration, and draft changes to Trademarks  Regulations.

The Commercial Law Section’s IP Committee remains committed to inviting relevant and engaging guest speakers to present at its Committee meetings and to consult with stakeholders and Government on intellectual property law reform and policy development.

If you would like to learn more about the IP Committee, or wish to participate in the IP Committee’s guest presentations held by the Commercial Law Section, please email Claudia Lavery, Policy Officer at

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