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The new Act follows a review by IP Australia of the registered designs system, for the purpose of identifying necessary reforms. This has sparked debate on the state of registered designs law in Australia, and what further changes to the law might be desirable to assist users of the designs system.

Welcome changes to the industrial design registration system

New and improved Australian registered designs vs commonly used foreign regimes
On 10 March 2022, the Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Act 2021 will come into force in Australia. Here we look at how the new Australian model compares to some of the foreign regimes commonly used by Australian rights owners.
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Newly implemented changes to Australia’s designs system

What can we expect for the future of designs law in Australia?
This article provides a synopsis of the key changes to be implemented by the Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Act 2021.
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Designs vs. patents

What are the differences?
Design registrations protect the way something looks, patent applications protect how it works. Discover the advantages of filing design registrations over patent applications, and what kind of protection this will offer.
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Catwalks and copycats

Intellectual property protection for the fashion industry
Popular trends often come with seemingly inevitable copying and mass production. Designers may ask themselves "will every idea I come up with be appropriated by others without their permission?". Fortunately, intellectual property laws exist to assist designers in protecting their garment designs. Discover how...
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