Will a design registration in New Zealand or Australia protect my rights overseas?

No, a New Zealand or Australian registered design will only protect your design in New Zealand or Australia respectively.  Registered designs are territorial rights and therefore for each country you would like protection in, you will need to apply for design protection with that country’s national patent office.   

This does not mean you have to register your design in every country in the world.  Typically you choose the country or countries that constitute your main consumer and/or manufacturing regions.

Our design specialists can help you to develop an international filing strategy that is right for you, please contact us to find out more.