The protection afforded by a registered design depends, in large part, on the representations filed together with the application. Therefore, it is recommended that high quality, realistic representations be filed in support of the application.
Good quality line drawings, without shading except that necessary to show contours or curves, are preferable. In some cases, digital photographs or 3D modelling software can be used provided the representations show the design clearly. The photographs should be in black and white and should be of high resolution. Usually, good quality photographs taken with a modern mobile phone will suffice.
The application for the registration of a design can establish a priority date for applications for design registration overseas. The priority date is the relevant date for assessing the registrability of the invention. Any material that was publicly available before the priority date can be considered by an examiner during examination of a later filed application for registration.
Further applications for design registration must be filed within 6 months of the earliest priority date to claim the benefit of the priority date.