Other design initiatives
In addition to the review, IP Australia is also undertaking other design initiatives including:
Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Bill 2020. In late 2019, IP Australia released consultation papers with some specific reform proposals (including a grace period). The Bill was introduced into the Senate on 2 December 2020 and is currently before Parliament for consideration.
Supporting users of the Design Register. In July 2019 we launched Australian Design Search (ADS) to improve the design search experience and move to a more modern technological platform.