It will be recalled (blog article, October 1, 2019) that today was to be the day that Australia would join the DAS system as an Accessing Office and as a Depositing Office for industrial designs. I am delighted to be able to report that this has actually happened, as you can see here:
This brings to twenty-four the number of Accessing Offices for industrial designs. This brings to nine the number of Depositing Offices for industrial designs.
As of today, anyone filing a design application in any of these Offices (AR, BR, CA, CL, CN, DK, EA, EE, ES, FI, GB, GE, IB, IL, IN, JP, KR, MA, NL, NZ, SE, US) that is claiming priority from an Australian design application ought to make use of DAS. And as of today, anyone filing a design application in AU that claims priority from a design application that was filed in any of these Offices (CA, CL, CN, ES, GE, IN, KR, US) ought to make use of DAS.