Mainly intellectual property (IP) issues Down Under

Productivity Commission to review all IP laws

Minister announce Productivity Commission to review Australia’s IP laws

ACIP Final Designs Report

ACIP’s final report into its review of the Designs System has been published. The report is 70 pages (including annexes) – 43 pages for the report itself; and 23 recommendations. Key recommendations include: investigate joining the Hague system and, if a decision is made to join, extend the maximum term of design protection to 15 years; introduce a grace period of 6 months before the filing date, but require an.. Read More

Australian Intellectual Property Report 2015

IP Australia has released the Australian Intellectual Property Report 2015, with statistics on IP filings and grants and trends.

IP Australia consults on red tape streamlining and costing

P Australia has issued consultation papers on removing red tape and other streamlining options

ACIP – Designs Options Paper

The Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) has released an options paper for arising from its Review of the (Registered) Designs System.

Fraudulent imitation

The Full Court has dismissed both Bluescope’s appeal and Gram’s cross-appeal from the ruling that Bluescope infringed Gram’s registered design for the Smartascreen fencing panel.

Copyright in bikini designs

Dodds-Streeton J has ordered that City Beach[1] pay Seafolly $250,333.06 by way of damages for infringing copyright in 3 Seafolly designs, including consideration of the copyright/design overlap

Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2014

The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2014 has been introduced with the proposed compulsory licence under the TRIPS Protocol for medicines and other reforms

Securities over IP

Transition period to register security interest claims over IP expires on 31 January 2014

Designs Act 2003 review

ACIP has published an issues paper reviewing the operation of the Designs Act 2003 for the first time since it came into force.