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Published: 
3 December 2020

On 2 December 2020 the Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Bill 2020 was introduced into the Senate and is currently before Parliament for consideration.

How can this Bill benefit you?

The Bill will:

  • introduce a 12-month grace period for the filing of design applications
  • make improvements to clarify and simplify the designs system
  • provide more flexibility for designers.

These changes will protect designers who publish their design before filing for protection, either accidentally or because they did not know that they needed to file for protection first.

Ongoing designs reform

This Bill is part of our ongoing designs reform work that is exploring further changes that could help more of the design economy benefit from design rights in Australia.

Read our information pack on our key research findings and next steps.

Want more?

Learn more about the Bill and how it may affect you.

Learn more about our design initiatives.