Sunday, April 26, 2009

Essay Prize & World IP Day

The Australian Copyright Council has just announced that submissions are now being accepted for the GC O'Donnell Essay Prize. The winner, who is to write a paper of between 5,000 and 10,000 words, is to demonstrate original thinking as to the protection of the interests of authors. A prize of $3,500 will be presented to the winner on the 15 October 2009 with entry to the competition closing on 30 September 2009.

On a separate note, Sunday 26th April 2009, is World Intellectual Property Day. The theme for this year is 'green innovation as the keys to a secure future'. A number of countries around the world (with, it seems, the exception of Australia) have organised events to promote innovation and the role of IP law in encouraging investment and creating the momentum and market for development.

There is currently a review going on in Australia regarding much needed changes to the patent system. Those that are interested should visit the IP Australia website and download the relevant documents with a view to making a written submission by Friday 8 May 2009.

The patent system in Australia, and indeed in many parts of the world, is often blamed for inhibiting innovation rather than encouraging it. This is particularly apparent with respect to software and hardware and has a flow on effect to the production and reception of digital music as well as many other creative and intellectual pursuits.

More Information
Australian Copyright Council, GC O'Donnell biennial essay prize (24 April 2009) <> at 26 April 2009

WIPO, World Intellectual Property Day (2009) <> at 26 April 2009

IP Australia, Public Consultation on IP Rights Reforms - Call for submissions on proposed reforms to the IP system (27 March 2009) <> at 26 April 2009

Lawrence Lessig, The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World (2002) <> at 26 April 2009

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