Australian Registered Design

Minimum Filing Requirements:

  • A set of representations (may be photographs) showing clear views of the article (e.g. may include perspective, side, top plan and bottom plan views).
  • A name of the product shown in the representations
  • Name and address of the applicant
  • Identification of the scope of monopoly claimed

Additional Filing Requirements:

  • Name of the author and devolution of title to the applicant
  • Details of convention priority if applicable (application number, title, country). A certified copy of the priority document is required along with a verified English translation (if relevant) prior to registration.
  • A statement of newness and distinctiveness (optional) describing the important visual features of the design which are new and distinctive.
  • Appointment of Agent if requested


A registered design application undergoes a formalities examination then proceeds to grant. Substantive examination is part of an optional, post-grant certification procedure that can be requested at any time during the life of the registered design. A registered design must be certified before an infringement action may be commenced. A third party can request certification of a registered design but must share the associated government fees if it does.


The initial period of registration lasts five years from the filing date and can be extended once to a maximum term of ten years.