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 applicant relying on.. Read More
IP Australia has released the Australian Intellectual Property Report 2015, with statistics on IP filings and grants and trends.
P Australia has issued consultation papers on removing red tape and other streamlining options
The Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) has released an options paper for arising from its Review of the (Registered) Designs System.
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.
Dodds-Streeton J has ordered that City Beach pay Seafolly $250,333.06 by way of damages for infringing copyright in 3 Seafolly designs, including consideration of the copyright/design overlap
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2014 has been introduced with the proposed compulsory licence under the TRIPS Protocol for medicines and other reforms
Transition period to register security interest claims over IP expires on 31 January 2014
ACIP has published an issues paper reviewing the operation of the Designs Act 2003 for the first time since it came into force.
Well, a patents and designs case, but really it’s a case about entitlement: Kenny J has upheld the validity of patents and registered designs for “beer taps” which one company in the Fosters group – Foster’s Group Ltd – applied for “most likely [by] mistake” as one of its subsidiaries, Fosters Australia, was the owner. Fosters Australia commissioned another party to design some new beer taps for it, on terms that it would.. Read More