Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property (IP) is defined as creations of the mind that can be protected by law once they take a tangible form.

Import provisions under the Copyright Act 1968, Trade Marks Act 1995 and Olympic Insignia Protection Act 1987 allow us, under certain circumstances, to seize goods that infringe trade marks, copyright and protected Olympic expressions. These provisions give rise to Australia's Notice of Objection Scheme.

A Notice of Objection is a legal document that allows us to seize imported goods that infringe trade marks, copyright or protected Olympic expressions.

The Department is restricted to seizing suspected infringing goods that are subject to customs control and are covered by a valid Notice of Objection.

If a Notice of Objection is in place, we may seize goods if they appear to infringe and it appears they are intended for some commercial purposes. In some circumstances, a single product might be subject to seizure if it is believed that it will be used for commercial purposes.

A Notice of Objection under the Trade Marks Act, Copyright Act or Olympic Insignia Protection Act is valid for four years. Notices can be re-lodged to ensure ongoing protection. If the Notice is no longer required, the owner may withdraw it at any time. Separate Notices are required to protect trade marks, copyright or protected Olympic expressions.

A Notice of Objection cannot act retrospectively for goods that have already been imported.

Fact sheet

Protecting Intellectual Property


B1273 – Major Sporting Events (Indicia and Images) Protection Act 2014 – Notice of Objection – Section 23 (755KB PDF) 

B1274 – Major Sporting Events (Indicia and Images) Protection Act 2014 – Security under Section 25(3) – Deed of Undertaking (1.43 MB PDF)

B1025 - Trade Marks Act 1995, Notice under Section 132 (444KB PDF) 

B1029 - Security Under Section 133 - Deed of Undertaking (963KB PDF) 

B470 - Copyright Act 1968, notice under Section 135(478KB PDF)

B466 - Security Under Section 135 - Deed of Undertaking (781KB PDF) 

B253 - Intellectual property and commerce labelling referral details (981KB PDF)

Notices of objection

See our list of companies with Notices of Objection in place.