Final report recommends changes to Australia’s Designs legislation

An extensive three year review of Australia’s design legislation has culminated in a final report that makes a number of recommendations to enhance the current system and address deficiencies that have come to light since the current legislation commenced. Recommendations include introduction of a six month grace period for filing, consideration of virtual designs, and

Australian designs under review

As many practitioners would be aware, the Australian Designs Act 2003 is currently under review by the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP), in order to determine its effectiveness since implementation in 2004. Shelston IP has been assisting ACIP with this review and to date we have made comments and recommendations along the following lines.