Designs Regulations 1954

Reprint as at 5 April 2018

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Designs Regulations 1954

(SR 1954/224)

C W M Norrie, Governor-General

Order in Council

At the Government House at Wellington this 15th day of December 1954

His Excellency the Governor-General in Council


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.

Pursuant to the Designs Act 1953, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, hereby makes the following regulations.


1Title, commencement, and arrangement
3Fees payable according to Schedule 1
4Time of payment
5Form of payment
6Payments by post
7Definitions used in this Part
8Means of communicating with Commissioner
8ASignature requirements for communications by electronic means
8BCommissioner may communicate by electronic means
8CInterrelationship of this Part with rest of regulations
9Forms prescribed in Schedule 2
10Size, etc, of documents
11Signature of documents by firms and bodies corporate
12Agents may act for applicants
13Authorization of agent
14Service upon agent
15Refusal to recognize agent
16Addressing of correspondence [Revoked]
17Personal signature may be required
18Address for service
19Signature of application
20Appropriate application forms to be used
20AApplicant may request delay of issue of certificate of registration
21Death of applicant
22Separate applications for same design for more than 1 article
23Name of article and novel features of design to be stated
24Applications under section 8
25Representation of design to be furnished
26Means of providing representation of design
27Preparation [Revoked]
28Specimens [Revoked]
29Words, letters, or numerals
30Repeating surface patterns
31Portraits, insignia, etc
32Name or portrait of living person
33Excluded designs
36Objection by Commissioner
40ARequest for restoration of abandoned design application
40BPeriod for notice of opposition
40CProtection of persons who avail themselves of design
41Extension of period of copyright for further 5 years
42Third period [Revoked]
43Designs registered under section 8
44Extension of time for payment
44ARequest for restoration of lapsed copyright in registered design
44BPeriod for notice of opposition
44CProtection of persons who avail themselves of design
46Copies of documents
47Particulars required of person claiming
48Cessation of interest
49Alteration of entries
50Cancellation of registration
51Administration dispensed with in certain cases
56Certificate by Commissioner
57Further certificate of registration
58Request for information
59Request for search
60Designs not open to public inspection
63Evidence in support of application
64Evidence in answer
65Evidence closed
71Form of evidence
72Preparation of declarations, etc
73Making of declaration, etc
74Recognition of signatures on documents
75Further evidence
76Service of copy of application on Commissioner
77Action consequent upon court order
78Designs excluded from the application of the Copyright Act 1913
79Discretionary power
80Power to dispense with evidence
82Extension of time
83Destruction of records
84Revocations and savings
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