Decide if you have a design

Find out if a design is right for you

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  • 1. Do you need a design right?

    Find out if a design is right for you
  • 2. Do you have a design that you can register?

    See what a registered design can do
  • 3. Have you published or shared this publicly?

    For your design to be registered it needs to be determined as 'new' or 'distinctive'.
  • 4. Have you searched for similar designs on our database and those of other IP offices around the world?

    See Australian design search
  • 5. Have you searched for similar designs on the internet and online?

  • 6. Have you prepared your drawings or images?

    Further information on drawings
  • 7. Are you ready to file your application?

    Key points to consider when applying

Next Steps

Once you have submitted your design application, it takes three to four months to examine.


Possible Outcomes

Notice of Acceptance
If you receive a Notice of Acceptance:

  • Learn about the advertising and opposition period of your accepted trade mark
  • Pay the registration fee through online services

Adverse Examination Report
If you receive an Adverse Examination Report:

  • Learn about the time available to address issues with your application
  • Consider the options available in responding to the report