Update: New extended deadline of 30 November 2020 for requesting extensions of time at IP Australia when a deadline cannot be met due to COVID-19

IP Australia is providing free extensions of time of up to three months if a deadline cannot be met due to the effects of COVID-19.  The period for requesting such an extension has now been extended until 30 November 2020.  Depending on the ongoing impact of the pandemic, both in Australia and overseas, this period

Australian Designs – Draft Bill now released

Following on from our article of 14 May 2020, Australian Designs – Changes on the Way, we advise that the Australian Designs Exposure Draft Bill, Regulations, accompanying draft Explanatory Memorandum and Explanatory Statement have now been released.  IP Australia have invited interested parties to provide comment and Shelston IP has made a submission.   If

Combatting Counterfeiters: IP Australia’s “Smart Trade Mark” initiative

Counterfeiting can be a significant problem for brand owners and legitimate rights holders. It directly undermines legitimate business through lost sales revenue and has the potential to strain relationships between IP owners and their licensees. The sale of counterfeit products can also damage the value of the associated brand in various ways. This could be

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

IP Australia Official Fee Changes – For Better or Worse…?

Official fees payable to IP Australia are changing as of 1 October 2020.  In this article, we cover off the changes in relation to patent fees only.  However, trade marks, designs and PBR fees will change also and will no doubt be the topic of other articles across our local industry.   Whereas the economic

Say hello to IP Australia’s new online portal for small and medium enterprises

Innovation by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) plays a significant role in the Australian economy.  For such companies, it is important that they adequately capture and control the commercial path for each innovation so as to maximise their return on investment in research and development.   Many SMEs recognise that the starting point for capturing

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