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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Scintilla TV: Australia's registered designs may see grace period, longer term

There is potential good news for designers who intentionally or inadvertently disclose their design before seeking a monopoly right: ACIP has recommended to the Australian Government that the Designs Act 2003 be amended to include a six-month grace period before filing a registered design.

There may also be other changes such as a 15 year maximum term if Australia seeks to join the Hague Agreement.

Allens Partner Tim Golder discusses design strategy and further potential changes.

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