Review of the protection of national icons

Review commenced: 15/01/2001
Duration of review: 2001-2005

The Australian Government had been repeatedly approached by organisations and individuals asking for special trade mark protection for symbols and identifiers which they believe to be 'national icons'.

There are a number of mechanisms in intellectual property, corporations statutes and the common law that could be used (or adapted for use) to protect some icons in particular ways. Consequently, the Government asked ACIP to review the protection of national icons.

The Australian Government released the ACIP's Final Report and the Government response on 2 May 2005.

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19 April 2016