This registration protects the visual appearance of manufactured products. A registered design gives you a legally enforceable right to use your product's design to gain a marketing edge. It also prevents others from using the design without your agreement.
A design is the features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornamentation that when applied to an article gives the article a unique appearance.
- Design registration is intended to protect designs which have an industrial or commercial use
- Designs which are essentially artistic works are covered by copyright legislation and are not eligible for design registration
- The protection you receive is only for the appearance of the article and not how it works.
Please consult the Contact officer for more information.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
An application for registration can only be made by the owner of the design. To be eligible for registration, a design must, at the very least:
- Be new or original; and
- Have an industrial application.
- Include information that indicates that what is filed is intended to be a design application;
- Identify the applicant and contain relevant contact details; and
- Include a representation, or information that appears to be a representation, of each design.
Due to the requirements for registration, it is suggested that you seek assistance from a registered Patent Attorney.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
The term of registration is five years, unless contested. Providing nobody contests the design, the duration of renewal is 10 years.
Online application: $250 per design, $350 for postal or in person.
Providing nobody contests the design after 5 years, an online fee of $320 registers the design for 10 years, or $370 for postal or in person.
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Trade Marks and Designs Group
Designs Act 2003 (Australian Government)
Designs Regulations 2004 (Australian Government)
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