New 12 month “grace period” introduced to Australian Designs legislation

On 30 August 2021, The Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Bill 2020 (Bill) was passed by the Australian Parliament on 30 August 2021. Amongst other change the Bill effects to the Designs Act 2003 (the Designs Act) the Bill finally introduces into Australian law a “grace period” for applicants, bringing the law in line with other jurisdictions which allow such a grace period.

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