Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Bill 2020

Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Originating house
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Amends the Designs Act 2003 to: implement recommendations of the former Advisory Council on Intellectual Property review of the designs system by: providing designers a 12-month grace period to apply for design protection after publishing or using their design to protect designers from losing their rights through inadvertent disclosure; introducing an infringement exemption for prior use; streamlining the initial steps for registering a design; correcting an anomaly to the innocent infringer defence where infringement occurs between filing and registration; providing exclusive licensees with legal standing to take infringement action through the courts; and extending the power of the Registrar of Designs to make directions about the forms of documents to 'approved forms' for designs; and make minor technical amendments.


Introduced and read a first time 02 Dec 2020
Second reading moved 02 Dec 2020
Second reading debate 04 Feb 2021
Second reading agreed to 04 Feb 2021
Third reading agreed to 04 Feb 2021
House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 04 Feb 2021
Second reading moved 30 Aug 2021
Second reading debate 30 Aug 2021
Second reading agreed to 30 Aug 2021
Third reading agreed to 30 Aug 2021
Finally passed both Houses 30 Aug 2021
  • Act no: 100
  • Year: 2021
10 Sep 2021

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Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
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