How long does a design right last?

A design right can be registered for a maximum of 10 years.

A design right initially lasts for 5 years from the date you apply. You may choose to renew your design right registration so that it lasts for a further 5 years. You can only renew your design right once.

If you do not renew your design right registration it will cease once the initial 5-year period ends. If you do renew your design right registration it will cease after 10 years.

Once a design right has ceased you will no longer have exclusive use of the design.

Process for renewing your registration

After registering your design, you can renew your registration. You can do this at any point within the initial 5 years. You will need to pay a fee to renew your registration.


We will send you a renewal reminder if you have not renewed your registration 2-months before it is due to cease. The ceasing date is 5 years from the date you applied for your design right.


If you do not renew within this 2-month period, we will send you another reminder in the form of an overdue notice. There is a 6-month grace period after the ceasing date. You can still renew your registration during this period. However, you will have to pay additional fees for each month you are overdue.


If you pay your renewal fee, we will send you a renewal certificate. Your registration will last for another 5 years. It will cease after a total of 10 years.


If you choose not to renew your registration before the ceasing date or during the 6-month grace period, your design right registration will cease. We will send you a notification that the design has ceased after the 6-month grace period has passed.



How to renew your registration

You can renew your registration using our online services.

Alternatively, you can complete a renewal of registration form and send it to our postal address.