Industrial Design registration is jurisdictional, so it only provides protection within the country applied.

It is possible to file overseas design applications based on your Australian registered design provided an application is filed within six months of applying in Australia.  This will allow you to take advantage of the filing date of the Australian design.

Like patents, there is no form of ‘worldwide design registration’ so design registration must be obtained separately in each country of interest.  Certain regions like Europe have a Community Design Registration system which enables design registration in all European Union member countries with a single application, providing significant savings in time and expense.

Design registration or similar protection, is available in many overseas countries.  While overseas design protection laws are usually similar to registered design law in Australia, there are some differences.  For example, in some countries design laws permit registration only when an aesthetic design aspect is involved.

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