Last updated: 
1 November 2019

Before you apply for a design

There are a number of things to know before you start an application.

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Decide if you have a design

Work out whether it is a design right that you need or if you need another IP right.

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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.

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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.

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Prepare your drawings

Drawings and images are an important part of your design registration.

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File your application

Once you have determined that you design is new or distinctive, you can register it though online services.

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Next steps

Once you have filed your design there are a number of additional steps to take or consider.

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