The Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (the Council or ACIP) is an independent body appointed by the Australian Government, and advises the Federal Minister for Industry and Science - and his Parliamentary Secretary - on intellectual property matters and the strategic administration of IP Australia. The Council was established in 1994.
The Council's membership reflects a cross section of interests involved with the intellectual property system. Members are drawn from the business and manufacturing sectors; research organisations; the health sector; the legal and attorney professions; government; academia; and technology and commercialisation sectors.
The Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) completed its Review of the Designs System in March 2015.
A key element of the report is a push towards greater harmonisation with international treaties and practice in design protection. ACIP considers this to be a positive move both for users of the designs system and for the government in administering the system.
ACIP has looked closely at the changes that were introduced with the new designs system, enforcement of design rights and the interrelationship between designs and other intellectual property rights. ACIP has identified a range of areas in which the effectiveness of the designs legislation could be enhanced and made a number of recommendations aimed at improving the system and addressing deficiencies that have come to light since it commenced.
ACIP's Final Report for the Review of the Innovation Patent System was published in June 2014.
The Report makes a number of recommendations to enhance the effectiveness of the Innovation Patent system and to reduce some unintended consequences arising from its implementation.