Australian Designs - Absolute Novelty

Here's an interesting article from Gilbert & Tobin.

We often have to give both patent and design registration advice to clients. It's important to remember that there is no grace period for filing an application to register a design in Australia. So applicants must either file in the first instance while the design is still confidential or make use of the 6 month convention period as provided in the Paris Convention.

At the end of the day, the rule remains: keep it secret until you have had a discussion with your patent attorney.

Here is some more information on the registration of designs -


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