Policy ID: 
92
Status: 
On hold
Priority: 
Low
Issue summary: 

The concept of a common design is difficult to understand, interpret, and consistently apply due to the vague wording in s 22 (1) ss (b) of the Designs Act. This section identifies that a single design application may be made in respect of one design that is a common design, in relation to more than one product. However, the exact meaning of ‘more than one product’ (including how different the products need to be) is uncertain.

History: 

Identified for action 8-Aug-2019

Reviewed February-2021

Comments: 

Medium priority, further analysis is being undertaken on the issue including non-legislative solutions.

Priority and status reviewed February 2021 IP Policy Committee meeting. Content updated.

Tag: 
Designs
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