December 6, 2021

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December 06, 2021

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Design Law Changes Now Enacted in Australia

Following on from our article of 15 February 2021, which can be read here, the Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Bill 2020 received Royal Assent on 10 September 2021.

The majority of the changes to designs law as outlined in the article will commence on 10 March 2022. This includes the much-anticipated change to implement a grace period that will allow designers to publish their designs before applying for design protection.

The passing of this bill has been long-awaited, and in particular the implementation of the 12-month grace period which will undoubtedly enhance the IP system and in turn deliver timely benefits and flexibility to designers seeking protection in both Australia and overseas.

Copyright 2021 K & L GatesNational Law Review, Volume XI, Number 279
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About this Author

Savannah Hardingham, Intellectual Property Lawyer, Special Counsel, KL Gates
Special Counsel

Ms. Hardingham is an intellectual property (IP) lawyer with experience in the protection, management, exploitation and enforcement of IP rights including trade marks, copyright and designs. She has a broad range of litigation experience which includes IP matters as well as disputes regarding the misuse of confidential information, defamation, passing off and misleading and deceptive conduct.

Ms. Hardingham has acted for a range of clients including fashion and footwear brand owners, designers and manufacturers, designer builders, prolific...

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