Minimum filing requirements in Australia and New Zealand – Designs

The following is required in order to file a design application claiming Convention priority in Australia:

  • Representations showing all visual features of the design (along with an indication of what, if any, of those features are to be given more or less weight)
  • Applicant’s full name and address
  • Details of the priority application (number, filing date and country of filing)
  • Name of the designer(s) (not absolutely essential, but a formality objection will issue if designers are not listed)

Please note that the applicant does not need to sign any documents (e.g. powers of attorney, etc.) and it is only necessary to lodge a copy of the priority document(s) (and a verified translation, if the documents are not in English) at the Australian Designs Office if this is specifically requested.

The following is required in order to file a design application claiming Convention priority in New Zealand:

  • Representations showing all visual features of the design (along with an indication of what, if any, of those features are to be given more or less weight)
  • Applicant’s full name, address and nationality (or, at an absolute minimum, just the applicant’s name)
  • Details of the priority application (number, filing date and country of filing)

Please note that the applicant (or an authorised representative of the applicant) will need to sign an Authorisation of agent form shortly after filing.  It will also be necessary to lodge a certified copy of the priority application (along with a verified English translation if the documents are not in English) shortly after filing.