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About AU Designs Data Searching

Data Current as of 20 August 2019

Disclaimer

The Commonwealth and its officers will not be liable for errors or omissions in the material or data on AU Designs Data Searching or for any consequences arising from such errors or omissions, including any loss which may be incurred as a result of reliance on the accuracy or completeness of the material or data. See also LEGAL and COPYRIGHT.

About AU Designs Data Searching

Registering a Design is a well accepted business strategy for protecting the shape and design of products. AU Designs Data Searching contains the bibliographic data of Registered Australian Designs and details of Applications.

Data fields listed in the table below can be viewed for all Designs on AU Designs Data Searching depending on whether the design is still an Application or has been Registered (please see "WARNING" section below). All data fields that are indicated as being searchable can be used, either individually or in any combination, to retrieve designs for viewing of the associated bibliographic data.


* If provided or claimed at lodgement

If you locate a relevant Australian Design document, you may need to determine whether the design is still in force. Designs have a maximum possible life of 10 years from date of lodgement under the 2003 Designs Act and 16 years from date of lodgement under the Previous Designs Act . To remain in force, Designs must be maintained by the owner by payment of the renewal fee. You can find out whether an Australian Design is still in force by contacting IP Australia by telephone on (02) 6283 2588.

Before you make significant business decisions based on published design information you should seek professional assistance, such as from a patent attorney and/or a commercial search service provider. Similar advice applies where you need assistance to search Australian or world-wide design documentation, or where you need assistance in interpreting the results of design seaches.

All major Design Offices, including Australia, classify design applications according to the technology of the design using the International Design Classification (IDC). The current edition of the IDC contains 32 classes and 223 sub-classes for classification purposes. They provide a general indication as to where a particular product can be classified. There are further Breakdowns to the IDC that are local divisions. The classification searching on ADDS includes the facility to search the Australian Sub classes.

The listings of the Australian sub classes is available via the classification hyperlink shown on each of the search screens. The IDC is accessible on the Internet web site of the World Intellectual Property Organisation at http://www.wipo.int/classifications/locarno/en/ . This link is also given on the introduction page of the classification information.

Database Update

AU Designs Data Searching is updated nightly from IP Australia's central database. This means that changes made to the internal database will be reflected in AU Designs Data Searching tomorrow. The only exceptions are notices that require advertising being the Register Change notices and applications under Section 137 over three months. These notices will be available from the publication date in the AOJD (Australian Official Journal of Designs).

The date of the last download to AU Designs Data Searching is shown on every page in the line separator near the top of the page. The text is "Data current as of " the last download date.

Filings of applications/designs will only appear after lodgement data is keyed and they have been allocated a classification (search code). This may mean a delay of 5-10 days from the lodgement date before these details are available. Recent filings of applications/designs should be searched by date ranges of "lodgement captured" rather than "lodgement date".

The official notices are available only as they are published in the AOJD.

Data Coverage

The Commonwealth and its officers will not be liable for errors or omissions in the material or data on AU Designs Data Searching or for any consequences arising from such errors or omissions, including any loss which may be incurred as a result of reliance on the accuracy or completeness of the material or data. See also LEGAL and COPYRIGHT.

All data published in the Australian Official Journal of Designs, can be searched on ADDS. The data coverage is of all applications/designs and registrations from 1986 and those registrations captured from 1973 to 1985 that were still active in 1985. The example registration numbers shown on the simple search screen is the actual current range of design registration records on the database.

Representations for designs from registration 90000 to current(1NNNNN Under the previous Designs Act) and from Registration 300000 under the 2003 Designs Act, appear on the ADDS database. Representations for those designs that have been Published prior to Registration are also available

The thumbnail representations that appear on the results pages are the main images of the design that appear in the Australian Official Journal of Designs. The full representations for those designs are viewable in the representation page of the design record.

WARNING

When using the various data fields in a search it is critical that the following are understood :

  • Application/Design numbers are presented as bibliographic data in the Year 2000 compliant format of CCYYNNNNN (CCYY = year including century, NNNNN = sequential number)
  • Date fields are stored in numerical form with the year including the century and must be searched as such, format is CCYY.MM.DD
  • The article/product name is that provided by the applicant and may generally be not suitable for rigorous keyword searching.
Further Help

For assistance with AU Designs Data Searching contact the Designs Help Desk by email on designs@ipaustralia.gov.au

The Register of Designs

Although the ADDS system contains a range of information including information required on the Register, it is not the Register of Designs:
  • the Register of Designs may be kept wholly or partly by use of computer (s112);
  • the particulars of the Register may be inspected at the Designs Office (s113); and,
  • a copy of an extract from the Register is available (s118).
The particulars of designs registered under the Designs Act 2003 are embodied in a series of electronic databases. Data is extracted from these electronic databases and appears to the public via the AU Designs Data Searching (ADDS) systems and also the searchable Australian Official Journal of Designs. Information about the Register of Designs is available on the IPAustralia home page.