11.3. Excluded designs: Checking the priority status of an excluded design

Date Published

If an applicant has applied for registration of a design that was excluded from an initial application, claiming the priority date that the design would have had if it had remained in the initial application, the formalities officer needs to check that the claim is validly made.

Is the priority claim valid?

The claim is valid if, at the time the current application was lodged:

  • the initial application had not lapsed or been withdrawn

none of the designs in the initial application had been registered or published.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Has the design been excluded from the initial application?

For an applicant to claim the priority date of an initial application, the initial application must have been amended under s 28 to exclude the design(s) subsequently filed in the current application.

If the design has not been excluded from the initial application, the formalities officer will notify the applicant that the claim for priority based on the initial application must be removed. This will result in the priority date of the design being the Australian filing date of the new application.

Amended Reasons

Amended Reason Date Amended
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