To round off the research phase of the IP Australia Designs Review, some 'short-term wins' are due (fingers crossed) to hit Parliament in late 2020.
The introduction of a 'grace period' (hooray!) that will allow a protected period from the initial release date, inclusive of appearance online, social media, print media, or publicly exhibited. Whilst the length of this initial protection is yet to be formalised, we strongly advocated for a minimum of 12 months, in line with 100+ Australian trading partners.
REGISTERING PARTIAL DESIGNS
This offers the ability to register 'partial designs' - a chair leg, a distinctive detail, a piece of hardware, or even the mesh detail used on seating or screening. We were very vocal about this point - a mechanism that not only further protects complete designs, but also extends commercialisation potential for many future products.
READ THE FOUR REPORTS, RESEARCH LINKS & OUR FEEDBACK FROM THINK TANKS & ROUNDTABLE SESSIONS
Read our earlier post on our consultation to the IP Australia Stakeholder forum in December here.
Swinburne College was commissioned to undertake specific economic research - read PROTECTING DESIGNS here.
"Design-related industries contribute approximately AU$67.5 billion per annum to the Australian economy – or 3.5% of GDP.
Yet less than 0.5% of Australian businesses have held a design right (registration / trade mark / patent) in the last 16 years."
SO, WHAT'S NEXT?
The next phase of the IP Australia review focuses on solutions, our focus for 2021.
This process looks at medium to long-term changes to the system - potentially as radical as binning the existing system and starting again. Also discussed is the potential for mediation vs courts for settling infringements.
Please contact us if you have specific questions or are keen to contribute to future public consultation.
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