Designs Act and regulation changes

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.