There’s been a bit in in the media lately about current design laws being costly and out of date.
We thought we’d take the time to let you know that the Government is aware of these concerns and the Productivity Commission is currently running an inquiry into our intellectual property rights, including design rights. The final report should be released next month.
There was also recently an Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) review that looked at how well the designs system has functioned over the past 10 years. The report has made over 20 recommendations on how to improve the effectiveness of the system. The Government has agreed to a number of these recommendations and we at IP Australia plan on doing further consultation around this once the Productivity Commission’s report is released. So watch this space…
Also, just a reminder: if you are a designer, the best way to ensure your design is protected is to register it with us before disclosing it anywhere. It is also worth knowing that copyright only automatically applies to artistic works. Once they are applied industrially (such as in the fashion industry) it is only able to be protected as a registered design right with us.