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Articles
Designs Law Changes

Taxpayer’s Burden of Proof

Who’s Going To Run The Farm?

Keeping Wages (and Superannuation) Records – for how long?

Sale of Small Businesses and Section 52 Disclosure Statements

Workplace Injuries

Claim for Travel Expenses

Travel Expenses to Attend Company Annual General Meeting

Work-Related Clothing
Gifts Can Create Capital Gains

Medical Expenses – Tax Claim

 

Stapled Securities

GST Fixed Amounts and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Adjustment
Self Assessment Review Period Decreased
Designs Law Changes
The Design’s Act 2003, (effective from June 2004), radically altered the protection of industrial designs

A design registration will now provide protection for 10 years (was 15 years).

 

It is likely to be more difficult to obtain a valid registration under the newer rules, but it should be easier to establish infringement.  On the other hand, infringement, if established, may not result in damages if the infringer was not aware that the design was registered and had taken reasonable steps to ascertain whether there was registration of a design.

 

This is a specialist field of law with which few lawyers are familiar.  We recommend using specialists who will be able to advise costs and the merits or otherwise of design protection.



26th-September-2006