29 April 2016

If someone profits from your original design, it’s important to have a strategy in place for how you will deal with it. As part of the Good Design Australia 2016 Good Design Festival, we’ll be sharing with you why it’s important to consider protecting your designs so you don’t end up asking the question ‘Who stole my IP?’

‘Who stole my IP’

Over the next month we’ll be sharing real-life examples for how to prevent your designs being copied. Keep an eye out each week as we publish new stories:

2016 Good Design Festival

We’re partnering with Good Design Australia for the 2016 Good Design Festival, which will take place from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 May 2016 at the iconic Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay Sydney.

We’ll be presenting a keynote address at the Good Designs Exchange, as well as being on the panel for the forum discussion ‘They stole my design’.

See our events page for more details.

Design rights

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

As the government agency responsible for administering design rights, we aim to make the process as easy as possible to understand.

The designs section of our website goes through the design basics and the process of applying for a design:

We’ve also put together the basic steps for the ideal design journey.

Would you like an expert view? One of our design examiners discusses some common mistakes of design applications.

More information