Designs (ALRC Report 74)

ALRC Report 74 was tabled in federal parliament on 31 August 1995. It contains recommendations to modernise and simplify Australian designs laws.These recommendations are aimed at improving the rights of those who design the innovative visual features of manufactured products – from cut-glass to textiles to garage doors.

The report concluded that designs laws need to be tailored to encourage innovation in Australian industry. Designs laws can do this by preventing competitors from free-riding on design innovation and by providing investors in design with security for their investment.

View ALRC Report 74 in HTMLon the AustLII website.