About Designs Law
3rd March 2015

The Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) was recently tasked with conducting a review of the workability of the Australian registered designs system under the Designs Act 2003 (Cth) (Designs Act) and determining what improvements are required. Arts Law has been active in responding to the ACIP inquiry, focusing on the need to improve the confusing and outdated copyright/design overlap provisions in the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) and the Designs Act which, among other things, allow for copyright protection to be lost if an artistic work is reproduced on an industrial scale. Arts Law believes the overlap provisions result in artists being unable to fully exploit their work without running the risk of having their work freely copied and reproduced by others. 

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ACIP releases Final Report on Review of Designs System ACIP releases Final Report on Review of Designs System
8th May 2015

On 7 May 2015, the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property released to the public the Final Report for its Review of the Australian Designs System.

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Arts Law supports revising Copyright/Design Overlap Provisions – Response to ACIP Designs Review
2nd February 2015

On 22 January 2015, Arts Law submitted its response to the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property’s (ACIP) Review of the Designs System Options Paper

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Review of Australian Designs System - Options Paper Released
5th December 2014

On 4 December 2014, the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) released an options paper concerning the review of the Australian Designs System. The registered designs system in Australia is concerned with protecting the visual appearance of a manufactured product and has not been reviewed since the commencement of the Designs Act in 2003. 

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Arts Law submission to ACIP review of designs system
18th November 2013

On 7 November 2013, Arts Law made a submission to the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property's Review of the Designs System.

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