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Designs Bill 2003

2002

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designs Bill 2002

 

No.      , 2002

 

(Industry, Tourism and Resources)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act relating to designs, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Chapter 1—Introductory                                                                                       1

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

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

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

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

4............ Application of the Act......................................................................... 3

Part 2—Interpretation                                                                                                         4

5............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 4

6............ Definition of product .......................................................................... 7

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

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

Chapter 2—Design rights, ownership and registrable designs            9

Part 1—Simplified outline of Chapter 2                                                                   9

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

Part 2—Design rights                                                                                                          10

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

11.......... Assignment of interest in a design.................................................... 10

12.......... Power of registered owner to deal with registered design................. 11

Part 3—Ownership of designs                                                                                       12

13.......... Who is entitled to be registered as the registered owner of a design.. 12

14.......... Ownership of registered designs....................................................... 13

Part 4—Registrable designs: Validity                                                                       14

Division 1—Registrable designs                                                                             14

15.......... Registrable designs........................................................................... 14

16.......... Designs that are identical or substantially similar in overall impression 14

17.......... Certain things to be disregarded in deciding whether a design is new and distinctive              15

18.......... Certain designs not to be treated as other than new and distinctive... 15

Division 2—Substantial similarity in overall impression                         17

19.......... Factors to be considered in assessing substantial similarity in overall impression    17

Chapter 3—Design applications                                                                    19

Part 1—Simplified outline of Chapter 3                                                                 19

20.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 19

Part 2—Design applications                                                                                            20

Division 1—Applications                                                                                            20

21.......... Person may file a design application................................................. 20

22.......... A design application may be in respect of more than one design...... 20

23.......... Design applications covering excluded designs................................ 21

Division 2—How Registrar must deal with a design application         22

24.......... Design applications that meet the minimum filing requirements........ 22

25.......... Publication of receipt of application.................................................. 22

Division 3—Filing date and priority date                                                         23

26.......... Filing date......................................................................................... 23

27.......... Priority date....................................................................................... 23

Part 3—Amendment or withdrawal of design applications                        24

28.......... Amendment of design applications................................................... 24

29.......... Disputes between applicants............................................................. 24

30.......... Persons may ask for design application to proceed in the person’s name 25

31.......... Publication of certain details of amended application........................ 25

32.......... Withdrawal of designs and design applications................................. 26

Part 4—Lapsing of design applications                                                                   27

33.......... Lapsing of design applications.......................................................... 27

Chapter 4—Registration or publication of designs                  28

Part 1—Simplified outline of Chapter 4                                                                 28

34.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 28

Part 2—Requests for registration or publication                                              29

35.......... Request for registration or publication.............................................. 29

36.......... Request for registration or publication—applications in respect of more than one design        29

37.......... Request in respect of designs excluded from an application in respect of more than one design              30

38.......... Replacement of request for registration with request for publication. 30

Part 3—Registration                                                                                                            31

Division 1—Formalities check                                                                                31

39.......... Formalities check—applications in respect of one design only......... 31

40.......... Formalities check—applications in respect of more than one design. 31

41.......... Registrar must give applicants an opportunity to correct deficiencies 32

42.......... What happens after Registrar gives notice under section 41.............. 32

43.......... Registrar must refuse to register certain designs............................... 33

44.......... Registrar must register certain designs after refusal.......................... 34

Division 2—Registration procedures                                                                  35

45.......... Registrar must notify applicant of registration and give public notice 35

Division 3—Term of registration                                                                          36

46.......... Term of registration........................................................................... 36

47.......... Renewal of registration..................................................................... 36

48.......... Ceasing of registration...................................................................... 36

49.......... Surrender of registration................................................................... 37

50.......... Revocation of registration on surrender............................................ 37

Division 4—Revocation on grounds relating to entitled persons         39

51.......... Revocation of registration on grounds relating to entitled persons.... 39

52.......... Procedures in relation to application.................................................. 39

53.......... Applications by persons declared to be entitled persons in court proceedings          40

54.......... Applications by entitled persons after revocation following surrender of registration              41

55.......... Priority date of design if an application filed by a person declared to be an entitled person      41

56.......... Meaning of original registered owner .............................................. 42

Part 4—Publication                                                                                                              43

57.......... Publication of a design...................................................................... 43

58.......... What happens after Registrar gives notice under section 57.............. 43

59.......... Refusal to publish............................................................................. 44

Part 5—Certain documents to be available for public inspection           45

60.......... Design applications for registered designs and associated documents to be open for public inspection   45

61.......... Certain documents not to be published.............................................. 46

Chapter 5—Examination of designs                                                        47

Part 1—Simplified outline of Chapter 5                                                                 47

62.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 47

Part 2—Requests for examination                                                                              48

63.......... Examination of design....................................................................... 48

64.......... Requirements for request for examination of design......................... 48

Part 3—Examination                                                                                                          50

65.......... What Registrar must do in examining a design................................. 50

66.......... Amendment of registration................................................................ 50

67.......... Certificate of examination where registration valid............................ 51

68.......... Revocation of registration after examination..................................... 52

Part 4—Material may be provided to Registrar                                                54

69.......... Certain material may be provided to Registrar................................... 54

Chapter 6—Infringement                                                                                     55

Part 1—Simplified outline of Chapter 6                                                                 55

70.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 55

Part 2—Infringement of registered design                                                            56

71.......... Infringement of design...................................................................... 56

72.......... Certain repairs do not infringe registered design............................... 57

73.......... Infringement proceedings.................................................................. 59

74.......... Counter-claims.................................................................................. 59

75.......... Remedies for infringement................................................................ 59

76.......... Intervention by Registrar................................................................... 60

Part 3—Relief from unjustified threats                                                                   61

77.......... Application for relief from unjustified threats................................... 61

78.......... Court’s power to grant relief............................................................. 61

79.......... Counter-claim.................................................................................... 61

80.......... Mere notification of registration not a threat...................................... 62

81.......... Legal practitioners, registered patent attorneys and registered trade marks attorneys                62

Chapter 7—Jurisdiction and powers of courts                             63

Part 1—Simplified outline of Chapter 7                                                                 63

82.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 63

Part 2—Jurisdiction                                                                                                             64

83.......... Jurisdiction of Federal Court............................................................. 64

84.......... Jurisdiction of other prescribed courts.............................................. 64

85.......... Exercise of jurisdiction...................................................................... 65

86.......... Transfer of proceedings etc............................................................... 65

87.......... Appeals............................................................................................. 65

88.......... Powers of Federal Court on hearing an appeal.................................. 66

89.......... Registrar may appear in appeals........................................................ 66

Part 3—Compulsory licences and revocation of registration                     67

90.......... Person may apply to court for compulsory licence............................ 67

91.......... Terms of compulsory licence............................................................ 67

92.......... Revocation of registration after grant of compulsory licence............. 68

Part 4—Revocation of registration by court in other circumstances    69

93.......... Revocation of registration in other circumstances............................. 69

Chapter 8—The Crown                                                                                         70

Part 1—Simplified outline of Chapter 8                                                                 70

94.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 70

Part 2—Use by the Crown                                                                                              71

95.......... Meaning of terms.............................................................................. 71

96.......... Use of design by the Commonwealth or a State................................ 71

97.......... Applicants, entitled persons and registered owners to be informed of use               72

98.......... Terms of use..................................................................................... 72

99.......... Previous agreements inoperative....................................................... 73

100........ Infringement...................................................................................... 73

101........ Declaration by court.......................................................................... 73

102........ Use of design to cease under court order.......................................... 73

103........ Sale of products................................................................................ 74

104........ Forfeited products............................................................................. 74

105........ Supply of products by the Commonwealth to foreign countries....... 74

Part 3—Acquisition by and assignments to the Crown                                 76

106........ Acquisition of design by the Commonwealth................................... 76

107........ Assignment of design to the Commonwealth.................................... 76

Part 4—Prohibition orders                                                                                              78

108........ Prohibition of publication of information about designs................... 78

109........ Publication of information about designs.......................................... 78

Chapter 9—The Register                                                                                      80

110........ Simplified outline.............................................................................. 80

111........ Registrar must keep Register............................................................. 80

112........ Register may be kept by computer.................................................... 81

113........ Inspection of Register....................................................................... 81

114........ Amendments of Register to record changes of ownership................ 81

115........ Amendments of Register made to give effect to certain decisions..... 82

116........ Reissue of certificates........................................................................ 82

117........ Trusts not to be entered in Register................................................... 82

118........ Evidentiary provision........................................................................ 82

119........ Admissibility of unregistered interests.............................................. 83

120........ Rectification of Register.................................................................... 83

Chapter 10—Administration                                                                            85

121........ Simplified outline.............................................................................. 85

122........ Registrar............................................................................................ 85

123........ Deputy Registrars............................................................................. 85

124........ Delegation by Registrar..................................................................... 86

125........ Designs Office.................................................................................. 86

126........ Seal of Designs Office...................................................................... 86

127........ Registrar’s Powers............................................................................ 86

128........ Recovery of costs.............................................................................. 87

Chapter 11—Miscellaneous                                                                                88

Part 1—Simplified outline of Chapter 11                                                               88

129........ Simplified outline.............................................................................. 88

Part 2—Fees                                                                                                                             89

130........ Fees................................................................................................... 89

Part 3—Offences                                                                                                                   90

131........ False entries in Register.................................................................... 90

132........ False representation that a design is registered.................................. 90

133........ False representations about the Designs Office................................. 91

134........ Failure to comply with requirements of Registrar............................. 91

135........ Officers not to traffic etc. in designs................................................. 92

Part 4—Review of the Registrar’s decisions                                                         94

136........ Review by Administrative Appeals Tribunal.................................... 94

Part 5—Extensions of time                                                                                              95

137........ Extensions of time............................................................................. 95

138........ Consequences of extension............................................................... 96

139........ Protection of third parties.................................................................. 96

140........ Infringement proceedings.................................................................. 97

Part 6—Other                                                                                                                          98

141........ Powers of agents............................................................................... 98

142........ Right of lien of registered patent attorney and registered trade marks attorney         98

143........ Revocation of registration does not affect court decisions and things done under contracts before revocation         98

144........ Filing of documents.......................................................................... 98

145........ Service of documents........................................................................ 98

146........ Death of applicant before application determined.............................. 99

147........ Death of person after design registered............................................. 99

148........ Exercise of discretionary power by Registrar.................................... 99

149........ Regulations....................................................................................... 99

Chapter 12—Repeal, transitional and saving provisions 102

Part 1—Repeal of Designs Act 1906                                                                        102

150........ Repeal............................................................................................. 102

Part 2—Transitional provisions                                                                                 103

151........ Application of this Act to certain designs........................................ 103

152........ Term of registration of certain designs............................................ 103

153........ Applications made before commencing day.................................... 104

154........ Other applications and proceedings................................................. 104

155........ Pending proceedings....................................................................... 104

156........ Infringement under old Act............................................................. 105

157........ Registrar and Deputy Registrar....................................................... 106

158........ The Register.................................................................................... 106

159........ Conversion of transitional applications........................................... 106

160........ Effect of a converted application..................................................... 107

161........ Definitions...................................................................................... 107

 



A Bill for an Act relating to designs, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

Chapter 1 Introductory