IPRIA Seminar Series

Beyond Genes: What should and should not be patented and how to tell the difference


A free public seminar in Darwin, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, proudly presented by IPRIA in association with Charles Darwin University and The Institute for Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA).


With the Senate Community Affairs Committee Inquiry into Gene Patents tabled, and the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) Review of Patentable Subject Matter published, attention has shifted to two Private Member's Bills before Parliament seeking to ban the patenting of genes and other biological materials. Should genes be patentable? If not, why not? Should other subject matters be singled out for a ban on patenting? If so, which ones? This seminar will provide an objective analysis of these conceptually difficult, and practically important, issues.



Andrew Christie

Professor Andrew Christie is the Davies Collison Cave Professor of Intellectual Property at the Melbourne Law School. He has been in the thick of the Australian controversy over gene patents: his submission to the Senate Inquiry was influential on its findings, and he chaired the working group that undertook the ACIP Review of Patentable Subject Matter.


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DATE: Wednesday 27 April 2011, 1pm - 2pm (Refreshments from 12:30pm)

VENUE: Allens Arthur Robinson, Level 28 Deutsche Bank Place, Cnr Hunter & Phillip Streets, SYDNEY

COST: Free of charge


DARWIN *Evening Seminar

DATE: Thursday 28 April 2011, 5:30pm - 6:30pm (Refreshments from 5:00pm)

VENUE: Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus, Building Red 1.3.01 (next to University Library), Ellengowan Road, Casuarina NT map

COST: Free of charge


MELBOURNE (FULL - Registrations now closed for this venue)

DATE: Tuesday 3 May 2011, 1pm - 2pm (Refreshments from 12:30pm)

VENUE: Davies Collison Cave, Level 15, 1 Nicholson Street, MELBOURNE

COST: Free of charge


Continuing Professional Development

The Law Society of New South Wales
If this particular educational activity is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of the law, then you should claim one "unit" for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included.

This seminar qualifies for NT Law Society CPD Points

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Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys
If this particular educational activity is relevant to your professional development, improving your practice and service to your clients, you may be able to claim CPE hours. Please refer to the Professional Standards Board website and its guidelines on CPE (http://www.psb.gov.au)


SEMINAR CONTACT: Michelle Wilson, IPRIA, The University of Melbourne, VIC 3010
Telephone: (03) 8344 2153

Local Contact (Darwin Seminar only): Associate Professor David Price, CDU School of Law and Business

Telephone: (08) 8946 6959