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IP Gateway Contributes to World First Publication.

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IP Gateway’s Principal Wayne Slater, has recently contributed to a pioneering publication on Designs Protection around the world entitled; Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection. Up to this point in time no such publication which draws together the law in the various jurisdictions around the world has existed.

The need for such a reference work was demonstrated by the recent high profile case of Apple v Samsung in relation to the design of various aspects of smart phones which was litigated in many jurisdictions around the world.

Wayne has worked together with several renowned Designs Lawyers around the world on this publication project including the USA, Europe, China, Canada and Japan. With each country involved contributing their regions laws and statutes when it comes to Design Law. Wayne contributed to the chapter on Australian Designs Law which has the rather unique property that purely functional designs can be protected. There is no requirement for ornamentality under Australian designs law.

This appointment demonstrates the firm’s leadership and forthcoming development in the practice of Designs Law in Australia and indeed through the South-East Asia region.