Last updated: 
6 October 2020

The most common way to apply for more than one design is by filing each as a separate application.

However, it is possible to apply for more than one design within a single application. You can only apply for more than one design in a single application if each product can be categorised in the same Locarno class. If there is more than one design in your application, you will need to pay for each design included.

Locarno Classification

Designs are classified to make searching for similar types of products more efficient. The classification system we use is called the ‘Locarno Classification’. It contains 32 classes. Many of these are further divided into sub-classes and sub-sub-classes.

You can only apply for more than one design in a single application if each product can be categorised in the same Locarno class. While the class must be the same, the sub-classes or sub-sub-classes can be different.

Learn more about Locarno Classification.

More than one design in relation to one product

A single application can contain more than one design if each design is applied to the same product.

For example:

Four mugs with four different mug designs.

Four cups, each with a different artwork on them

More than one design in relation to more than one product

A single application can contain more than one design if each design is applied to different products in the same Locarno class. While the class must be the same, the sub-classes or sub-sub-classes can be different.

For example:

A plate, a bowl and a cup

Three different products belonging to a homewares range. These products are all classified in Locarno class 07.

Administration of a single application with more than one design

Each design in this type of application will be administratively linked until registration. Once registered, each design in the application will then proceed as an independent registration.

  • Each design in your application will have the same filing date.
  • You only need to file one request for registration. This request will apply to all designs identified in your application.
  • All designs in your application progress to registration at the same time. If one design doesn't meet the legislative requirements it will prevent your other designs from being registered.
  • All designs in your application will lapse at the same time; if one design lapses they all lapse.
  • If you need an extension of time before registration, you only need to file one request for one fee. This request will apply to all designs identified in your application.
  • The applicant, address for service and entitled person details must be the same for each design.

Because there is more than one design in the application:

  • you will need to pay a fee for each design included
  • each design will be given a separate design number
  • convention priority will need to be claimed separately for each design

One design that is common in relation to more than one product

You can apply for one design which includes a common feature in relation to more than one product. This type of application is called a ‘common design’.

Despite what the name suggests, common designs are rare and can be tricky to get right. If you think you might have a ‘common design’ it may be worth speaking with an IP professional or contacting us for more information before applying.

Common designs are different to the other application types mentioned on this page. This is because the different products do not need to be categorised in the same Locarno class.

For example:

A t-shirt, a cup and a bag, all with the same artwork on them

The different products all share the same design. There is only one design in this application, rather than different designs in relation to the same/similar product.

As there is only one design:

  • you only need to pay one application fee
  • we will give you only one design number