How to apply for a design right
A step-by-step guide to applying for a design right.
1. Decide if you have a design
Decide if a design right is the right type of IP to protect your idea.
2. Search existing design rights
Search existing design rights to make sure your idea is new and hasn't already been registered or published.
3. Understand costs and timings
Make sure you understand how long it takes to register and certify a design right and the costs involved.
4. File your application
Follow our step-by-step guide to prepare and submit an Australian design right application. Then, log on to our online services to apply.
5. See the outcome
We'll assess your application and let you know the outcome. Successful applications are 'registered'. If there's an issue with your application, you may be able to resolve it with the appropriate response.
6. Certify your design (optional)
Once your design right is successfully registered, you can choose to certify it. You can only legally enforce your design right if it is 'certified'.