The Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Bill 2020 (the Bill) has passed through Parliament.
The Bill will now be presented to the Governor General for Royal Assent, which will set the commencement dates for changes to the Designs Act 2003. As reported in our previous article the changes include:
Most of the changes will commence 6 months after the date of Royal Assent. However, some amendments to the standard of the informed user and introducing a ground of revocation of a design on the basis of fraud, false suggestion and misrepresentation made during examination, will be implemented the day after Royal Assent.
The introduction of a 12 month grace period will be welcome news to applicants and we look forward to assisting our clients in navigating the changes.