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Data Current as of 16 June 2019



Search for a Design
This screen enables you to use one of four simple search criteria to search the DESIGNS Database. You can search by either
  • Application/Design Number (number allocated when the application/design was submitted)
  • Registration Number (number allocated if the application/design has been registered) The range of registered designs available is indicated in the example.
  • Article/Product Name (a full or partial word that can appear anywhere in the whole title)
  • Classification Code (a full or partial code, classifying the design for searching purposes) Partial codes entered will be treated as having a posterior wildcard only ie. entering 02 or entering 02- will result in classes 02-*** only.
Checkboxes
If ticked, the Continuous Output tick box presents the design record data as a single scrollable page when viewed and is printable from a single print request. The scrolling information is in the same format and order as available from selecting the information on the main details page etc.

If the Continuous Output box is empty then the output per design will be displayed screen by screen.

If ticked, the Don't Display Representations box presents the results list without the thumbnail representations. This will also result in the representations not being viewed in the Design record.

Buttons
Once you have entered one of fields of Application/Design Number, Registration Number, Article/Product Name or Classification code you should click on the SEARCH button or press ENTER to execute the search.

The CLEAR PAGE button clears all the entry fields.

Links
If the simple searches are too simple then you can mouse click on the COMMON SEARCH or the ADVANCED SEARCH to go to more extensive search screens.
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Representations
Representations are available for designs from registration 90000 to current. (1NNNNN Under the previous Designs Act) and from Registration 300000 under the 2003 Designs Act. Representations for those designs that have been Published prior to Registration are also available

Representations are not available on-line for earlier registrations: You may view the representations of registered designs at the State Libraries of Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. You may make photocopies of the representations of registered designs at these offices.

Copies of these representations can also be obtained from the Designs Office at :
 Patents and Designs,
IP Australia,
PO Box 200,
Woden ACT 2606.

or Email your request to designs@ipaustralia.gov.au
Please quote the Registration Number. The cost is $50 per Registration Number.

For Registrations and Published Designs showing representations: The initial screen viewed of the design details is the Full Representations page. These will be in reduced format of the actual pages that make up the formal representations of the design. However, in some cases the Designs Office has prepared a page specifically for advertising purposes. This will be noted on the page and will be included at the beginning of the sequence of the formal set of representations. You may click on each page to present a large scale view of each page.

Buttons
The SMALL IMAGE arrow will return you to the reduced paged format of the representations. The PRINTABLE IMAGE arrow will provide you with a very high quality printable version (using acrobat) of the selected representation page.

When they appear the NEXT PAGE and PREV PAGE arrows move you to the next page of information available on the design.

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Main Details
This screen displays bibliographic information relating to a design.

The number enclosed in ( ) is the International Identifier (INID) code for the type of bibliographic item. The data displayed is the current value of the bibliographic data up to the date displayed in the "Data current as of" line.

Extra information on this design is obtainable by working through the hyperlink line at the bottom of the data. Any entry in the line coloured grey indicates there is no data relating to that entry in the database.

Buttons
When they appear the NEXT DESIGN and PREV DESIGN arrows move you to the next Design and Previous Design to be displayed in a multiple result search.

When they appear the NEXT PAGE and PREV PAGE arrows move you to the next page of information available on the design. They are also highlighted for selection in the list at the bottom of the page.
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Monopoly
This screen displays the Newness and Distinctiveness, Monopoly and Novelty Statement(s) related to this design.

The Statement of Newness and Distinctiveness identifies the particular visual features of the design as new and distinctive

The Statement of Monopoly details the area of monopoly claimed for this design.

The Statement of Novelty details the novelty of this Design.
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Author/Designer Details
This screen displays the original Author(s)/Designer(s) of this Design.
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Convention Details
The design that has been applied for in Australia may have been previously applied for in an overseas country. International law (Paris Convention) allows the recognition of the previous overseas application to support the application in Australia.

An application for the registration of the same Design within other countries may occur and an individual application for each country has to be submitted. However international law allows the recognition that a Design has been submitted in another country. The information about this Design Application in other countries is called the Convention Details of this Design, and comprises

  • Country that the application was submitted to
  • Application Number
  • Application date.
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Related Art
This screen displays other Designs in the database that have similarity to this Design.
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Additional and Divisional Details
This screen lists the Designs that are "Additional to" or "Divisional of" this Design.

Additional Designs are those that are related to this Design. Applicable under the previous Designs Act only).

Divisional Designs are those that were excluded/deleted from this Design and are now separate designs in their own right.
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Ownership
This screen displays the history of ownership of this Design.

The CURRENT OWNER section displays the current owner.

The HISTORY of OWNERSHIP section displays all transactions related to the ownership. The most recent transaction is displayed uppermost. In this section you may get ASSIGNMENT of Ownership and CHANGES of NAME of Owners details and the dates on which the transaction occurred.
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Licensee Details
This screen displays the Licences that have been recorded on the Register of Designs. In this section you will get both the recordal and termination of Licences. The information is presented with the most recent transaction first, so the full list will need to be examined to locate active Licences.
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Mortgage Details
This screen displays the Mortgages that have been recorded on the Register of Designs. In this section you will get both the recordal and removal of Mortgages. The information is presented with the most recent transaction first, so the full list will need to be examined to locate active Mortgages.
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Notices
This screen displays the official notices relevant to the design record as published in the Australian Official Journal of Designs. The notices are presented with the most recent notice first. The types of notices that appear under the previous Designs Act are: intentions to extend the period of registration, Section 27B advertisements over three months, Section 27B approvals, Section 37 advertisements and Approved Section 37 changes. The types of notices that appear under the 2003 Designs Act are: Section 137 advertisements over three months, Section 137 approvals, Register change request notices, approved Register changes, notice of surrender offer and notice of revocation.
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Status
This screen displays the current status of this Design. If a date appears next to a heading then the action stated by that heading occurred on that day. If there is no date then action has not occurred. (Pre 1983 cases may have incomplete data. The status will show the most recent actions in these cases).

The main STATUS heading provides a summary of the current status. This summary can be:
  • Application/Design Pending - The Design is still an application/Design
  • Published - The Design has been published. The published design has no rights
  • Registered - The Design has been registered and is currently in force
  • Registered, In Grace Period - The Design has been registered and is now in one of the grace periods (the grace period is the 6 months allowed under international law for the payment of the second and third periods of registration)
  • Registered, Renewal Pending - The Design has been registered and is currently in force and has an application for renewal lodged for the next extension period. For Section 25D (Additional) Designs,(not applicable to the 2003 Designs Act) pending renewals will only be indicated on the Parent Design.
  • Currently Not In Force - The Design is no longer in force. It is either lapsed, withdrawn, cancelled, ceased, expired, refused, expunged, excluded or revoked.
The RENEWED TO DATE is the date up to which this Design is currently Registered.

NOTE: If you are intending to rely on this status information then IP Australia recommend you get further expert advice. In particular, applications/designs and registrations which have lapsed or ceased can subsequently return to an in-force status.
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Advanced Search
This screen allows you to enter an advanced search where you can combine several search criteria in one search.

The advanced search can be used to obtain all data and notifications that appear in the Australian Official Journal of Designs.

Data Entry Fields.
The BRACKET data entry fields allow you to group any search criteria into a very complex search. We recommend only using brackets when you really have to. An example is:
Article/Product INCLUDES bottle AND (Article/Product INCLUDES top OR Article/Product INCLUDES cap)

The SEARCH Field data entry box contains a drop-down list (click on the arrow) that includes all the search fields that can be used for a search.

The OPERATOR fields contains a drop-down list (click on the arrow) that includes all the operators that can be used in a search.

The VALUE data entry box is where you enter the value for matching against the SEARCH FIELD.

Certain search fields may only use certain operators. These are:
Registration No., App/Design Number, and any date search field (being Name Changes, Date Registered, Lodgement Captured, Lodgement Date, Certified Date, Published Date, Convention Date, Status Changes, Other Changes, Official Notice Changes, Register Changes, All Changes, Ceasing Date) may only use the operators EQUALS, NOT =, <, >, <= or >=.
Classification Code, Name, Article/Product, Agent/Attorney, Convention ID and Convention Country may only use the operators EQUALS, NOT = or INCLUDES.

Checkboxes
If ticked, the Continuous Output tick box presents the design record data as a single scrollable page when viewed and is printable from a single print request. The scrolling information is in the same format and order as available from selecting the information on the main details page etc.

If the CONTINUOUS OUTPUT box is empty then the output per design will be displayed screen by screen.

If ticked, the Don't Display Representations box presents the results list without the thumbnail representations. This will also result in the representations not being viewed in the Design record.

Buttons.
The CLEAR PAGE button clears all data entry fields on this screen.

The CLEAR SEARCH button clears the complete search ie. Clears all data entry fields on this current screen and any other search screens.

The VERIFY SEARCH button displays the current search in a text format so you are able to read the complete search.

The ADD CRITERIA button allows you to go to another search data entry screen so that you can enter more than 4 search criteria. If you do use ADD CRITERIA the data entry screen looks similar to the ADVANCED SEARCH screen but has two extra buttons GO BACK and GO FORWARD. These two buttons allow you to navigate through the ADVANCED SEARCH data entry screens.

The SEARCH button submits your search for evaluation.
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Common Search
This search allows you to enter a more comprehensive search than the simple search. The common search screen criteria is based on the more popular searches conducted on ADDS.

If the common search options are not comprehensive enough, then you can mouse click on the ADVANCED SEARCH to go to the advanced search screen.

Data Entry Fields.
  • Search 1 Article/Product. A single or combination of full or partial words that can appear anywhere in the whole title(s). At least the first field is to contain text for the Article/Product search. Specify the operator for your search. (Multiple words can be entered in each of the fields. The results will return titles where the terms appear specifically as they have been entered in each of the fields).


  • Search 2 Classification Code. A full or partial classification code is to be entered. (Partial codes will be treated as having a posterior wildcard only ie. entering 02 or 02- will result in classes 02-*** only).

    The results may be further refined by also entering a range of dates of registration.


  • Search 3. Lodgements. Enter a range of dates to return a list of the lodgements captured on the database during that time.


  • Search 4. All Changes. You may enter an Application/Design Number, Registration Number or Name by selecting the search field in the drop down box and completing the appropriate value field. You may also enter a range of dates that will result in the data change dates appearing in brackets next to each bibliographic data that has encountered a change during the period specified.
Checkboxes
If ticked, the Continuous Output tick box presents the design record data as a single scrollable page when viewed and is printable from a single print request. The scrolling information is in the same format and order as available from selecting the information on the main details page etc.

If the Continuous Output box is empty then the output per design will be displayed screen by screen.

If ticked, the Don't Display Representations box presents the results list without the thumbnail representations. This will also result in the representations not being viewed in the Design record.

Buttons
The CLEAR PAGE button clears all data entry fields on this screen.

The VERIFY SEARCH button displays the current search in a text format so you are able to read the complete search.

The SEARCH button submits your search for evaluation.

Links
If the common searches are too simple then you can mouse click on ADVANCED SEARCH to go to the advanced search screen.
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Name List Search
This screen allows you to enter a part word, full word or multiple words in the field(s) to return a list of names that include the criteria.

You can pick a single name by mouse clicking on the hyperlink to display the list of design records that include that name. You can pick multiple names by ticking the checkboxes and selecting the List Selected Results button.

The results of names that include the criteria will be given in alphabetical order on a results screen. To see each of the design records of a particular name may require the selection of multiple names due to variations in using abbreviations or the inclusion/omission of middle names/initials etc.

The name result screen will appear even if there is only a single result.

Data Entry Fields.
The VALUE data entry box is where you enter the value for matching the Name.

The OPERATOR field contains a drop-down list (click on the arrow) that includes all the operators that can be used in a search.

Checkboxes
If ticked, the Continuous Output tick box presents the design record data as a single scrollable page when viewed and is printable from a single print request. The scrolling information is in the same format and order as available from selecting the information on the main details page etc.

If the Continuous Output box is empty then the output per design will be displayed screen by screen.

If ticked, the Don't Display Representations box presents the results list without the thumbnail representations. This will also result in the representations not being viewed in the Design record.

Buttons
The CLEAR PAGE button clears all data entry fields on this screen.

The SEARCH button submits your search for evaluation.

Links
To search other criteria you can mouse click on the other search options: SIMPLE SEARCH, COMMON SEARCH or ADVANCED SEARCH
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Verify Search Statement
This screen displays a text representation of the search that you are currently typing on the ADVANCED SEARCH screen.

Buttons
The REFINE SEARCH button allows you to return to the ADVANCED SEARCH screen to continue editing your search.

If you are satisfied that the input to your search is complete you can use the SEARCH button to submit your search for evaluation.
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Search Results
If your search has returned more than one hit within the Designs Database, this screen displays a summary of the matching Designs in descending number order. These are given in categories of Applications/Designs Pending, Published, Registered then Applications/Designs Not Pending. The number of search results and the number of screens used to display the results, as well as the date of the search, are stated at the top left of the screen.

The displayed results are limited to 50 records per page for a maximum of 1000 records. Further refinement of the search may be required.

To help you consider the Designs, there is a thumbnail picture of the view of the article advertised in the Official Journal if it is registered or published and has representations available. The range of representations currently available is shown in the notices area of the introduction page. For Applications/Designs Pending, Registrations without image available and Applications/Designs Not Pending, or if a search was requested with "Don''t Show Representations" the article name and classification code are displayed against each design number. You may hold the mouse over a thumbnail image to see the name of the article and classification code information for the design record.

Together with this data there is a tick box (SELECT) that allows you to select this Design for viewing. You can select more than one Design to be viewed OR use the VIEW ALL button to select all the Designs for viewing.

Buttons
The CLEAR SELECTION button clears all the Designs you have selected in the tick boxes.

The REFINE SEARCH button allows you to return to the ADVANCED SEARCH screen to allow you to refine your current search.

The VIEW DETAILS button allows you to view the details of the Designs that you have selected for viewing.

The REFINE RESULTS button allows you to view only the selected records in a separate results page.

The NEXT PAGE arrow takes you to the next screen of the Search Results.

The PREV PAGE arrow takes you to the previous screen of the Search Results.

The BOTTOM and TOP buttons when they appear, allow a fast method for moving to the bottom or top of the Select list.
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Refine Results
When you tick the check boxes against the designs in the results list, you may further refine the results by selecting the Refine Results button. This will show only those results that were checked in a single page.

You may uncheck any boxes of the designs that you do not wish to view if proceeding to select View Details.

Buttons
The CLEAR SELECTION button clears all the Designs you have selected in the tick boxes.

The REFINE SEARCH button allows you to return to the ADVANCED SEARCH screen to allow you to refine your current search.

The VIEW DETAILS button allows you to view the details of the Designs that you have selected for Viewing.

The FULL RESULTS button returns you to the original results of the original search. The selected tick boxes will remain.

The BOTTOM and TOP buttons when they appear, allow a fast method for moving to the bottom or top of the Select list.
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Continuous Design Details
The BOTTOM and TOP buttons when they appear allow a fast method for moving to the bottom of the Select list or to the top of the Select list.

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