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What is a design?

A design refers to the features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornamentation which give a product a unique appearance, and must be new and distinctive.

Design registration is intended to protect designs which have an industrial or commercial use.

Once examined and certified, a registered design gives you, the owner, exclusive rights to commercially use it, licence or sell it. 

The Register of Designs

Designs that we register are held in a number of electronic databases, which are made public through the AU Designs Data Searching (ADDS) and the searchable Official Journal of Designs.

Extracts from the Register

You can contact us for an extract from the Register of Designs. If used as evidence, a signed copy, or extract from the Register can be used in any proceedings as if it were the original.

Before you apply

Before you apply, you'll need to decide if registering a design is appropriate for your product, where you want to register it and what's involved in the application process.

Last Updated: 18/12/2015

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