Schedule 2 of the Designs Regulations contains a number of requirements based on IP Australia’s previous system of paper filing, for example, requirements in relation to fitness for reproduction, separate sheets, etc. As over 99% of design applications are filed electronically, these requirements are no longer necessary.
Identified for action 08-Aug-2019
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
From 23 July to 28 August 2020 IP Australia consulted on an exposure draft of the Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Bill 2020 and the Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Regulations 2020 along with the accompanying draft explanatory memorandum and draft explanatory statement.
The Designs Bill aims to deliver early benefits to designers as part of a broad range of design reforms and initiatives being undertaken by IP Australia.
Further initiatives are being considered under the Designs Reform Project which is founded on a holistic review of the design ecosystem and its impact on the Australian economy. We will continue to engage with stakeholders on this work.
Prior to the consultation on the exposure draft of the Designs Bill, we ran a public consultation from 31 October to 20 December 2019 on the policy issues being considered for inclusion in the Designs Bill.
This issue will be included in the Designs Bill which was introduced into the Senate on 2 December 2020. The Bill is currently before Parliament for consideration.