Policy ID: 
67
Status: 
Consultation
Priority: 
High
Issue summary: 

Upon or after filing a design application, an applicant may currently request either publication or registration of the design. A design application lapses if a request is not made within the prescribed period, which is typically six months from the priority date. The option of publication was provided as a way for applicants to make a design public and thereby prevent others from obtaining certification for the same design. However, to date very few applicants have requested publication. The option of publication complicates the designs system. Also, requiring applicants to request registration imposes an administrative burden on the great majority of applicants and can result in the unintended lapsing of applications.

History: 

On hold 04-Sept-2017

Policy Development 01-Jul-2019

Consultation 31-Oct-2019 to 20-Dec-2019

Comments: 

Public consultation on this issue took place from November 2016 - February 2017.

Work on this issue is now being undertaken and it is anticipated for inclusion in a Designs Bill in 2020. Further public consultation on this issue is underway until 20-Dec-2019

Tag: 
Designs
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