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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Draft PC Report Update: public hearings to be held in late June

By Suzy Roessel, Senior Associate

The Productivity Commission has today announced that it will be holding public hearings regarding its recent Draft Report on IP Arrangements.

The hearings will be held in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, with the possibility of a Brisbane hearing and a second Melbourne hearing if there is sufficient demand.

The public hearings will allow persons who have made submissions to elaborate on what they have submitted, respond to the submissions of others, and to discuss issues with Commissioners. It is also possible to attend the public hearing as an observer only. More information about the conduct of public hearings is available on the Productivity Commission's website.

Written submissions on the Draft Report are due on 3 June 2016. So far, 11 submissions have been made, all of which focus on the dramatic changes proposed in relation to the Copyright system. We expect more submissions to be filed closer to the deadline, and that the public hearings may involve a heated debate regarding the future of innovation in Australia.

Please get in touch with our team if you'd like to work with us to prepare a submission on the Draft Report.

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