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The Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Bill 2020 has been passed through both houses of Parliament and received Royal Assent on 10 September 2021.

The amendments come after IP Australia commenced a review 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.

Our Registered Designs Series provides general information on registered designs, the amendments, and possible directions for designs law in Australia.

Newly implemented changes to Australia’s designs system

What can we expect for the future of designs law in Australia?
This is the first in our ‘Registered Designs Series’ – a series of design-related insights where we will discuss the Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Act 2021, and provide commentary on potential future directions for designs law in Australia.
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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. Second in our ‘Registered Designs Series’ – a series of design-related insights.
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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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