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DESIGNS ACT 2003 - NOTES

No. 147, 2003

Compilation No. 18

Compilation date:                              27 February 2020

Includes amendments up to:            Act No. 9, 2020

Registered:                                         10 March 2020

 

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Designs Act 2003 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 27 February 2020 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Legislation Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Editorial changes

For more information about any editorial changes made in this compilation, see the endnotes.

Modifications

If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law. Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified. For more information on any modifications, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Self-repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.

  

  

  


Contents

Chapter 1--Introductory                                                                                      1

Part 1--Preliminary                                                                                                             1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Crown to be bound............................................................................. 2

4............ Application of the Act......................................................................... 2

Part 2--Interpretation                                                                                                        3

5............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 3

5A......... Meaning of Convention country.......................................................... 7

6............ Definition of product.......................................................................... 8

7............ Definition of visual feature................................................................. 8

8............ References in this Act to a design....................................................... 9

Chapter 2--Design rights, ownership and registrable designs           10

Part 1--Simplified outline of Chapter 2                                                                10

9............ Simplified outline.............................................................................. 10

Part 2--Design rights                                                                                                         11

10.......... Exclusive rights of registered owners............................................... 11

11.......... Assignment of interest in a design.................................................... 11

12.......... Power of registered owner to deal with registered design................. 12

Part 3--Ownership of designs                                                                                      13

13.......... Who is entitled to be registered as the registered owner of a design.. 13

14.......... Ownership of registered designs....................................................... 14

Part 4--Registrable designs: Validity                                                                      15

Division 1--Registrable designs                                                                            15

15.......... Registrable designs........................................................................... 15

16.......... Designs that are identical or substantially similar in overall impression 15

17.......... Certain things to be disregarded in deciding whether a design is new and distinctive              16

18.......... Certain designs not to be treated as other than new and distinctive... 16

Division 2--Substantial similarity in overall impression                         18

19.......... Factors to be considered in assessing substantial similarity in overall impression    18

Chapter 3--Design applications                                                                   20

Part 1--Simplified outline of Chapter 3                                                                20

20.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 20

Part 2--Design applications                                                                                           21

Division 1--Applications                                                                                           21

21.......... Person may file a design application................................................. 21

22.......... A design application may be in respect of more than one design...... 21

23.......... Design applications covering excluded designs................................ 22

Division 2--How Registrar must deal with a design application        23

24.......... Design applications that meet the minimum filing requirements........ 23

25.......... Publication of receipt of application.................................................. 23

Division 3--Filing date and priority date                                                        24

26.......... Filing date......................................................................................... 24

27.......... Priority date....................................................................................... 24

Part 3--Amendment or withdrawal of design applications                       25

28.......... Amendment of design applications................................................... 25

29.......... Disputes between applicants............................................................. 25

30.......... Persons may ask for design application to proceed in the person's name 26

31.......... Publication of certain details of amended application........................ 27

32.......... Withdrawal of designs and design applications................................. 27

Part 4--Lapsing of design applications                                                                  28

33.......... Lapsing of design applications.......................................................... 28

Chapter 4--Registration or publication of designs                 29

Part 1--Simplified outline of Chapter 4                                                                29

34.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 29

Part 2--Requests for registration or publication                                             30

35.......... Request for registration or publication.............................................. 30

36.......... Request for registration or publication--applications in respect of more than one design        30

37.......... Request in respect of designs excluded from an application in respect of more than one design              31

38.......... Replacement of request for registration with request for publication. 31

Part 3--Registration                                                                                                           32

Division 1--Formalities check                                                                               32

39.......... Formalities check--applications in respect of one design only......... 32

40.......... Formalities check--applications in respect of more than one design. 32

41.......... Registrar must give applicants an opportunity to correct deficiencies 33

42.......... What happens after Registrar's notification under section 41............ 33

43.......... Registrar must refuse to register certain designs............................... 34

44.......... Registrar must register certain designs after refusal.......................... 35

Division 2--Registration procedures                                                                 36

45.......... Registrar must notify applicant of registration and give public notice 36

Division 3--Term of registration                                                                         37

46.......... Term of registration........................................................................... 37

47.......... Renewal of registration..................................................................... 37

48.......... Ceasing of registration...................................................................... 37

49.......... Surrender of registration................................................................... 38

50.......... Revocation of registration on surrender............................................ 39

Division 4--Revocation on grounds relating to entitled persons        40

51.......... Revocation of registration on grounds relating to entitled persons.... 40

52.......... Procedures in relation to application.................................................. 40

53.......... Applications by persons declared to be entitled persons in court proceedings          41

54.......... Applications by entitled persons after revocation following surrender of registration              42

55.......... Priority date of design if an application filed by a person declared to be an entitled person      42

56.......... Meaning of original registered owner.............................................. 43

Part 4--Publication                                                                                                             44

57.......... Publication of a design...................................................................... 44

58.......... What happens after Registrar's notification under section 57............ 44

59.......... Refusal to publish............................................................................. 45

Part 5--Certain documents to be available for public inspection          46

60.......... Design applications for registered designs and associated documents to be open for public inspection   46

61.......... Certain documents not to be published.............................................. 47

Chapter 5--Examination of designs                                                       49

Part 1--Simplified outline of Chapter 5                                                                49

62.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 49

Part 2--Requests for examination                                                                             50

63.......... Examination of design....................................................................... 50

64.......... Requirements for request for examination of design......................... 50

Part 3--Examination                                                                                                         52

65.......... What Registrar must do in examining a design................................. 52

66.......... Amendment of registration................................................................ 52

67.......... Certificate of examination where registration valid............................ 53

68.......... Revocation of registration after examination..................................... 54

Part 4--Material may be provided to Registrar                                               56

69.......... Certain material may be provided to Registrar................................... 56

Chapter 6--Infringement                                                                                    57

Part 1--Simplified outline of Chapter 6                                                                57

70.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 57

Part 2--Infringement of registered design                                                           58

71.......... Infringement of design...................................................................... 58

72.......... Certain repairs do not infringe registered design............................... 59

73.......... Infringement proceedings.................................................................. 61

74.......... Counter-claims.................................................................................. 61

75.......... Remedies for infringement................................................................ 61

76.......... Intervention by Registrar................................................................... 62

Part 3--Relief from unjustified threats                                                                  63

77.......... Application for relief from unjustified threats................................... 63

78.......... Court's power to grant relief............................................................. 64

79.......... Counter-claim.................................................................................... 64

80.......... Mere notification of registration not a threat...................................... 64

81.......... Legal practitioners, registered patent attorneys and registered trade marks attorneys                65

Chapter 7--Jurisdiction and powers of courts                            66

Part 1--Simplified outline of Chapter 7                                                                66

82.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 66

Part 2--Jurisdiction                                                                                                            67

83.......... Jurisdiction of Federal Court............................................................. 67

83A....... Jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court........................................... 67

84.......... Jurisdiction of other prescribed courts.............................................. 67

85.......... Exercise of jurisdiction...................................................................... 68

86.......... Transfer of proceedings etc............................................................... 68

87.......... Appeals............................................................................................. 69

88.......... Powers of Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court on hearing an appeal                69

89.......... Registrar may appear in appeals........................................................ 70

Part 3--Compulsory licences and revocation of registration                    71

90.......... Person may apply to court for compulsory licence............................ 71

91.......... Terms of compulsory licence............................................................ 71

92.......... Revocation of registration after grant of compulsory licence............. 72

Part 4--Revocation of registration by court in other circumstances   74

93.......... Revocation of registration in other circumstances............................. 74

Chapter 8--The Crown                                                                                        75

Part 1--Simplified outline of Chapter 8                                                                75

94.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 75

Part 2--Use by the Crown                                                                                             76

95.......... Meaning of terms.............................................................................. 76

96.......... Crown use of designs--general rule................................................. 77

96A....... Crown use of designs--emergencies................................................ 78

97.......... Applicants, entitled persons and registered owners to be informed of use               79

98.......... Crown use of designs--terms (including remuneration)................... 79

99.......... Certain agreement and licences inoperative unless approved by relevant Minister   80

102........ Crown use of designs--court order to cease..................................... 80

103........ Sale of products................................................................................ 81

104........ Forfeited products............................................................................. 81

105........ Supply of products by the Commonwealth to foreign countries....... 81

Part 3--Acquisition by and assignments to the Crown                                83

106........ Acquisition of design by the Commonwealth................................... 83

107........ Assignment of design to the Commonwealth.................................... 84

Part 4--Prohibition orders                                                                                             85

108........ Prohibition of publication of information about designs................... 85

109........ Publication of information about designs.......................................... 85

Chapter 9--The Register                                                                                     87

110........ Simplified outline.............................................................................. 87

111........ Registrar must keep Register............................................................. 87

112........ Register may be kept by computer.................................................... 88

113........ Inspection of Register....................................................................... 88

114........ Amendments of Register to record changes of ownership................ 88

115........ Amendments of Register made to give effect to certain decisions..... 89

116........ Reissue of certificates........................................................................ 89

117........ Trusts not to be entered in Register................................................... 89

118........ Evidentiary provision........................................................................ 90

119........ Admissibility of unregistered interests.............................................. 90

120........ Rectification of Register.................................................................... 91

Chapter 10--Administration                                                                           92

121........ Simplified outline.............................................................................. 92

122........ Registrar............................................................................................ 92

123........ Deputy Registrars............................................................................. 92

124........ Delegation by Registrar..................................................................... 93

125........ Designs Office.................................................................................. 93

126........ Seal of Designs Office...................................................................... 93

127........ Registrar's Powers............................................................................ 94

128........ Recovery of costs.............................................................................. 94

Chapter 11--Miscellaneous                                                                               95

Part 1--Simplified outline of Chapter 11                                                              95

129........ Simplified outline.............................................................................. 95

Part 2--Fees                                                                                                                            96

130........ Fees................................................................................................... 96

130A..... Approved means of paying a fee....................................................... 97

Part 3--Offences                                                                                                                  98

131........ False entries in Register.................................................................... 98

132........ False representation that a design is registered.................................. 98

133........ False representations about the Designs Office................................. 99

134........ Failure to comply with requirements of Registrar........................... 100

135........ Officers not to traffic etc. in designs............................................... 100

Part 3A--Computerised decision-making                                                          102

135A..... Computerised decision-making....................................................... 102

Part 4--Review of the Registrar's decisions                                                      103

136........ Review by Administrative Appeals Tribunal.................................. 103

Part 4A--Doing act after end of period otherwise provided for doing it                105

136A..... Doing act when Designs Office reopens after end of period otherwise provided for doing act                105

Part 5--Extensions of time                                                                                           107

137........ Extensions of time........................................................................... 107

138........ Consequences of extension............................................................. 108

139........ Protection of third parties................................................................ 108

140........ Infringement proceedings................................................................ 109

Part 6--Other                                                                                                                       110

141........ Powers of agents............................................................................. 110

142........ Right of lien of registered patent attorney and registered trade marks attorney         110

143........ Revocation of registration does not affect court decisions and things done under contracts before revocation         110

144........ Filing of documents........................................................................ 110

144A..... Approved means of filing documents............................................. 110

144B..... Directions by Registrar for filing of documents.............................. 111

144C..... Directions by Registrar for filing of evidence................................. 111

144D..... Notifications by Registrar under this Act or regulations................. 112

145........ Service of documents...................................................................... 112

146........ Death of applicant before application determined............................ 113

147........ Death of person after design registered........................................... 113

148........ Exercise of discretionary power by Registrar.................................. 113

149........ Regulations..................................................................................... 114

Chapter 12--Repeal, transitional and saving provisions 117

Part 1--Repeal of Designs Act 1906                                                                       117

150........ Repeal............................................................................................. 117

Part 2--Transitional and saving provisions                                                       118

151........ Application of this Act to certain designs........................................ 118

152........ Term of registration of certain designs............................................ 118

153........ Applications made before commencing day.................................... 119

154........ Other applications and proceedings................................................. 119

155........ Pending proceedings....................................................................... 120

156........ Infringement under old Act............................................................. 120

157........ Registrar and Deputy Registrar....................................................... 121

158........ The Register.................................................................................... 121

159........ Conversion of transitional applications........................................... 121

160........ Effect of a converted application..................................................... 122

160A..... Approvals under subsection 40A(6) of old Act.............................. 123

161........ Definitions...................................................................................... 123

Endnotes                                                                                                                                  124

Endnote 1--About the endnotes                                                                          124

Endnote 2--Abbreviation key                                                                              126

Endnote 3--Legislation history                                                                           127

Endnote 4--Amendment history                                                                         130


  

Endnotes

Endnote 1--About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1--About the endnotes

Endnote 2--Abbreviation key

Endnote 3--Legislation history

Endnote 4--Amendment history

Abbreviation key--Endnote 2

The abbreviation key sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Legislation history and amendment history--Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Editorial changes

The Legislation Act 2003 authorises First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial and presentational changes to a compiled law in preparing a compilation of the law for registration. The changes must not change the effect of the law. Editorial changes take effect from the compilation registration date.

If the compilation includes editorial changes, the endnotes include a brief outline of the changes in general terms. Full details of any changes can be obtained from the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe the amendment to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, the amendment is incorporated into the compiled law and the abbreviation "(md)" added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation "(md not incorp)" is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

 

Endnote 2--Abbreviation key

 

ad = added or inserted

o = order(s)

am = amended

Ord = Ordinance

amdt = amendment

orig = original

c = clause(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

    /sub-subparagraph(s)

Ch = Chapter(s)

pres = present

def = definition(s)

prev = previous

Dict = Dictionary

(prev ... ) = previously

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

Pt = Part(s)

Div = Division(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

ed = editorial change

reloc = relocated

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

renum = renumbered

    effect

rep = repealed

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rs = repealed and substituted

gaz = gazette

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

    effect

SR = Statutory Rules

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

Sub-Ch = Sub-Chapter(s)

    cannot be given effect

SubPt = Subpart(s)

mod = modified/modification

underlining = whole or part not

No. = Number(s)

    commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3--Legislation history

 

Act

Number and year

Assent

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Designs Act 2003

147, 2003

17 Dec 2003

s 3-161: 17 June 2004 (s 2(1) item 2)
Remainder: 17 Dec 2003 (s 2(1) item 1)

 

Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Act 2006

106, 2006

27 Sept 2006

Sch 12 (items 1, 2): 27 Mar 2007 (s 2(1) item 12)
Sch 15 (item 1): 28 Sept 2006 (s 2(1) item 13)

--

Personal Property Securities (Consequential Amendments) Act 2009

131, 2009

14 Dec 2009

Sch 2 (items 1-7): 30 Jan 2012 (s 2(1) item 1)

Sch 2 (item 7)

Personal Property Securities (Corporations and Other Amendments) Act 2010

96, 2010

6 July 2010

Sch 3 (item 1): 30 Jan 2012 (s 2(1) item 8)

--

Acts Interpretation Amendment Act 2011

46, 2011

27 June 2011

Sch 2 (item 532) and Sch 3 (items 10, 11): 27 Dec 2011 (s 2(1) items 3, 12)

Sch 3 (items 10, 11)

Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012

35, 2012

15 Apr 2012

Sch 6 (items 1-22): 15 Apr 2013 (s 2(1) item 5)

--

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Statute Law Revision Act (No. 1) 2014

31, 2014

27 May 2014

Sch 2 (item 5): 15 Apr 2013 (s 2(1) item 6)

--

Federal Circuit Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments) Act 2013

13, 2013

14 Mar 2013

Sch 3 (items 1-21): 15 Apr 2013 (s 2(1) item 4)

--

Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Act 2015

8, 2015

25 Feb 2015

Sch 4 (items 1-4, 81-84): 24 Feb 2017 (s 2(1) item 5)
Sch 5 (items 1-4, 7): 26 Feb 2015 (s 2(1) item 6)

Sch 4 (items 81-84) and Sch 5 (item 7)

Norfolk Island Legislation Amendment Act 2015

59, 2015

26 May 2015

Sch 2 (item 126): 1 July 2016 (s 2(1) item 5)
Sch 2 (items 356-396): 18 June 2015 (s 2(1) item 6)

Sch 2 (items 356-396)

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Territories Legislation Amendment Act 2016

33, 2016

23 Mar 2016

Sch 2: 24 Mar 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

--

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2015

126, 2015

10 Sept 2015

Sch 1 (item 172): 5 Mar 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)
Sch 1 (item 672): 24 Feb 2017 (s 2(1) item 3)

--

Statute Update Act 2016

61, 2016

23 Sept 2016

Sch 2 (items 31-33): 21 Oct 2016 (s 2(1) item 1)

--

Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018

77, 2018

24 Aug 2018

Sch 2 (items 2-33, 110, 114-120, 150, 195, 209): 24 Feb 2019 (s 2(1) items 6, 8)
Sch 2 (items 157-160): 25 Aug 2018 (s 2(1) item 7)

Sch 2 (items 110, 150, 209)

Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Act 2020

9, 2020

26 Feb 2020

Sch 3: 27 Feb 2020 (s 2(1) item 4)

Sch 3 (items 20-24)

 

Endnote 4--Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Chapter 1

 

Part 1

 

s 3...........................................

am No 59, 2015

Part 2

 

s 5...........................................

am No 131, 2009; No 96, 2010; No 35, 2012; No 13, 2013; No 77, 2018; No 9, 2020

s 5A........................................

ad No 35, 2012

 

am No 126, 2015

Chapter 2

 

Part 2

 

s 12.........................................

am No 131, 2009

Part 4

 

Division 1

 

s 15.........................................

am No 46, 2011

Chapter 3

 

Part 2

 

Division 2

 

s 24.........................................

am No 77, 2018

Part 3

 

s 28.........................................

am No 35, 2012; No 13, 2013

Part 4

 

s 33.........................................

am No 77, 2018

Chapter 4

 

Part 3

 

Division 1

 

s 41.........................................

am No 77, 2018

s 42.........................................

am No 77, 2018

s 43.........................................

am No 77, 2018

Division 3

 

s 50.........................................

am No 35, 2012; No 13, 2013

Division 4

 

s 52.........................................

am No 35, 2012; No 13, 2013; No 77, 2018

s 54.........................................

am No 35, 2012; No 13, 2013

Part 4

 

s 57.........................................

am No 77, 2018

s 58.........................................

am No 77, 2018

s 59.........................................

am No 77, 2018

Chapter 5

 

Part 3

 

s 66.........................................

am No 77, 2018

s 67.........................................

am No 35, 2012; No 13, 2013; No 77, 2018

s 68.........................................

am No 35, 2012; No 13, 2013; No 77, 2018

Part 4

 

s 69.........................................

am No 8, 2015; No 77, 2018

Chapter 6

 

Part 3

 

s 77.........................................

am No 77, 2018

Chapter 7

 

Part 1

 

s 82.........................................

am No 35, 2012; No 13, 2013

Part 2

 

s 83.........................................

am No 35, 2012; No 13, 2013

s 83A......................................

ad No 35, 2012

 

am No 13, 2013

s 84.........................................

am No 35, 2012; No 13, 2013

s 85.........................................

am No 35, 2012

s 86.........................................

am No 35, 2012; No 13, 2013

s 87.........................................

am No 35, 2012; No 13, 2013

s 88.........................................

am No 35, 2012; No 13, 2013

s 89.........................................

am No 35, 2012; No 13, 2013

Chapter 8

 

Part 2

 

s 95.........................................

am No 9, 2020

s 96.........................................

rs No 9, 2020

s 96A......................................

ad No 9, 2020

s 97.........................................

am No 9, 2020

s 98.........................................

rs No 9, 2020

s 99.........................................

rs No 9, 2020

s 100.......................................

rep No 9, 2020

s 101.......................................

rep No 9, 2020

s 102.......................................

am No 9, 2020

s 103.......................................

am No 9, 2020

s 104.......................................

am No 9, 2020

Part 4

 

s 109.......................................

am No 61, 2016

Chapter 9

 

s 118.......................................

am No 131, 2009

s 119.......................................

am No 131, 2009

Chapter 10

 

s 124.......................................

am No 106, 2006

s 125.......................................

am No 35, 2012

Chapter 11

 

Part 1

 

s 129.......................................

am No 106, 2006; No 77, 2018

Part 2

 

s 130.......................................

am No 77, 2018

s 130A....................................

ad No 77, 2018

Part 3

 

s 131.......................................

am No 61, 2016

s 132.......................................

am No 61, 2016

s 133.......................................

am No 61, 2016

s 134.......................................

am No 61, 2016

s 135.......................................

am No 61, 2016

Part 3A

 

Part 3A....................................

ad No 77, 2018

s 135A....................................

ad No 77, 2018

Part 4

 

s 136.......................................

am No 77, 2018

Part 4A

 

Part 4A....................................

ad No 106, 2006

s 136A....................................

ad No 106, 2006

 

am No 35, 2012

Part 5

 

s 138.......................................

am No 77, 2018

Part 6

 

s 144.......................................

rs No 35, 2012; No 77, 2018

s 144A....................................

ad No 77, 2018

s 144B.....................................

ad No 77, 2018

s 144C.....................................

ad No 77, 2018

s 144D....................................

ad No 77, 2018

s 145.......................................

am No 8, 2015; No 126, 2015

s 149.......................................

am No 8, 2015; No 77, 2018


 



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