From 10 October 2016, IP Australia fees for applications, registrations, oppositions and the sale of documents for trade marks, designs and patents are changing.
A summary of the primary changes is listed below:
- International patent search fees will be reduced from $2,200 to $950.00
- Renewal of patents will increase by $50 for the 10th to 14th anniversaries, $130 for the 15th to 19th anniversaries and $250 for the 20th to 24th anniversaries
- There is no increase to patent renewals until the 10th year anniversary
- Abolition of registration fees (that were payable upon acceptance of an application)
- Application fees will increase by $130 per class to $330 per class
- Renewal fees will also increase by $100 per class to $400 per class
- Abolition of fees for filing an intention to oppose removal of a trade mark
- Abolition of fees for filing written submissions in place of attending a hearing in the course of an opposition
- Extension fees for the payment of renewal fees during the six-month grace period will be changed from $100 per class, per month to $100 per month (regardless of the number of classes)
- One to three copies of documents from the same file will be charged $50 per document
- Four or more copies of documents from the same file will be charged $200
- Fees for filing a notice of opposition will increase by $50 to $600
Full details can be found on the IP Australia Website.
If you have any questions about registration and enforcement of IP rights, please contact Emma Mitchell or Gizelle Manoli.