A recent Australian Federal Court Decision on Design Registrations which reversed an initial decision by the Registrar of Designs has shed light on the issue of confidential disclosures by email.   Background On 16 February 2015, Sun-Wizard filed a request under s63 for the Registrar to examine the registered design....

The Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Bill 2020 (“the Bill”) was introduced into the Senate on 2nd December 2020. As reported in our earlier article, the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (“ACIP”) had released its Final Report after investigating the current Australian designs system. The...

  The United Kingdom (UK) officially left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020 and then entered into a transition period. Owners of European trade marks and/or designs are reminded that the end of the Brexit transition period is fast approaching.   From 1 January 2021 any...

Although screen icons and graphical user interfaces (GUIs) are squarely within the scope of registered design protection in many jurisdictions, their protection by Australian registered designs is somewhat problematic. Explanation of the current state of Australian Design law in relation to screen icons and GUIs The main...

Frankie4 is a Brisbane based podiatry practice which incorporates a retail footwear store. While the business has been established for almost two decades, over the last nine years Directors Alan McCulloch and Caroline McCulloch have been developing their own range of orthopaedic shoes. Caroline created FRANKiE4...

You may have wondered how certain retailers are able to sell furniture items, sometimes marketed as “replica furniture” for a fraction of the price of an original. There has been quite a lot of press around frustration in the design community at what appears to...

Assuming that you've thought of something that's new and inventive, do you have actually have an "invention" or is it rather the case that you merely have "a new idea"? Although an invention may be very broadly claimed in a patent, it remains the case that patents...

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