Before you apply for a design
There are a number of things to know before you start an application.
Decide if you have a design
Work out whether it is a design right that you need or if you need another IP right.
Don't publicise your designs
It's hard not to tell others about something you are proud of, but you need to keep your design a secret if you want to legally protect it.
Search for a design
Before applying, search for previous registered designs. This will help you work out whether your design is able to be registered.
Prepare your drawings
Drawings and images are an important part of your design registration.
File your application
Once you have determined that you design is new or distinctive, you can register it though online services.
Once you have filed your design there are a number of additional steps to take or consider.