Australian Trade Mark Fee Changes

The Australian Trade Marks Office (‘IP Australia’) has recently announced official fee changes effective from 1 October 2020.   The most significant change is an increase to trade mark application fees. The official fees payable (per class) for a standard application are being raised from AU$330 to AU$400. This provides an even greater incentive to

Australian Design Search

IP Australia have just released the new Australian Design Search into the wild, replacing the (now) old Australian Designs Data Searching system, or ADDS.   It’s a vast improvement over the old system, although if you’re familiar with IP Australia’s efforts over the last few years you’ll see a lot in common with the Australian

Executive changes at IP Australia – looking to the future

On August 10, Patricia Kelly retired from her position as Director General of IP Australia, after almost five years in the role. Patricia will be replaced by Michael Schwager whose current role is as acting Chief Operating Officer at the Australian government scientific research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Shelston IP

Is IP Australia intent on restricting patentable subject matter in Australia?

Between August and November 2017, IP Australia sought public comment on several Government-supported IP policies, including:   the introduction of an objects clause into the Patents Act; and amending the inventive step requirements for Australian patents. Now, IP Australia’s response to the public consultation process has been released and the news does not appear to