Copyright of Home Designs to Come Under Scrutiny

In October last year, Porter Davis won a Federal Court case against Metricon for design infringements on five of its homes – the Prada, Tyrell, Streeton, Connelly and Coburn.

Porter Davis said Metricon copied an “alfresco quadrant” which clusters a kitchen, dining, family and rumpus room around an outdoor area – from its Seattle and Memhis designs.

Metricon was forced to stop selling the homes, but Porter Davis managing director Andrew Roberts now claims the rival has “simply changed the home names and continued to sell and build essentially the same infringing house designs.”

Porter Davis Claims 12 further copyrights have been infringed on homes in Metricon’s Aspen, Ashton, Zenith and Jardine range.

Metricon immediately appealed October’s decision, arguing similarly laid out floor plans of project homes is a function of the need to fit houses on more compact blocks.

It’s understood Porter Davis also has copyright infringement proceedings against Carlisle Homes and Dennis Family Homes.

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Marc Pallisco

A former property analyst and print journalist, Marc is the publisher of