Jurisdiction of the courts

Changes to the Design Act and Regulations provide the Federal Magistrates' Court with the jurisdiction to hear and decide designs matters.

Designs sub-offices & the filing of documents

The requirement that there must be a sub-office of the Designs Office in each State has been removed. This will provide flexibility to the Registrar to discontinue sub-offices in the future when e-business channels are sufficiently reliable.

There has been a major amendment which clarifies that there need not necessarily be sub-offices.

There has been a major amendment to clarify that 'prescribed means' is not limited to filing only at a sub-office but applies more generally and includes filing at the Designs Office.