Review of the Designs System
Review commenced: 01/05/2012
Duration of review: 2012-2014
The current designs system has been in operation since the commencement of the Designs Act 2003 on 17 June 2004. The designs system protects the visual features of a product - including the shape, configuration, pattern and ornamentation which, when applied to the product, give it a unique appearance.
In recent years a variety of concerns have been raised about the effectiveness of the designs system and whether it is meeting its original policy objectives. The designs system has not been comprehensively reviewed since its commencement in 2004 to assess whether it is effective and appropriate for Australia now and in the future.
In May 2012, the then Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Industry requested that the ACIP investigate the effectiveness of the designs system in stimulating innovation by Australian users and the impact the designs system has on economic growth.
ACIP would be interested to hear about any opportunities for enhancing the system and any deficiencies and unintended consequences arising from implementing the system.
As part of its investigations, ACIP released an Issues paper in September 2013 to seek views from stakeholders, including users of the designs system. Public roundtable discussions were held in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in October 2013.
Submissions on the Issues Paper have now closed.
Sharon Thomas Secretariat Advisory Council on Intellectual Property PO Box 200 Woden ACT 2606
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Last Updated: 19/11/2013