In its 2015 'Review of the Designs System' in Australia, the former Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) recommended a number of legislative amendments to address technical issues identified by stakeholders. Specifically, ACIP recommended:
- That rules regarding the identity of Convention applicants be made consistent with rules relating to designs (Rec 18a);
- That courts should have the power, similar to that available under the Patents Act 1990 to refuse to revoke a design registration on the basis of lack of entitlement of the named applicant on appropriate circumstances (Rec 18c); and
- The ground of revocation on the basis of fraud, false suggestion or misrepresentation should extend to fraud, for example, during certification (not just registration) (Rec 18f).
The Government accepted the recommendations in May 2016 with the proviso that Australia will continue to comply with relevant international treaties and conventions; and any change to the Designs Act 2003 does not result in an unintended advantage of one type of application (i.e. convention) over another type of application (i.e. non-convention claim).
On hold 04-Sept-2017
Consultation 31-Oct-2019 to 20-Dec-2019
Policy development 20-Dec-2019 to 12-May-2020
Legislative drafting 12-May-2020 to 23-Jul-2020
Consultation 23-Jul-2020 to 28-Aug-2020
Legislative drafting 28-Aug-2020 to 02-Dec-2020
In Parliament 02-Dec-2020 to 30 August 2021
Royal Assent 10 September 2021
Completed 10 September 2021
These issues are included in the Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Act 2021 which received Royal Assent on 10 September 2021.
Related policy issues
Policy ID: 46 - Recommendation 18(h)
Policy ID: 61 - Recommendation 18(i)
Policy ID: 116 - Recommendations 18(b), 18(d), 18(e) and 18(g)