IP Australia has recently revised its fee structure. The Official Notice of the revised fees was published on 3 August 2016 with the Governor-General signing the Intellectual Property Legislation Amendment (Fee review) Regulation 2016 on 17 August 2016. The changes to IP Australia fees will take effect from 10 October 2016.
The sensibly revised fee structure will essentially remove consolidate the application fee with the registration fee. The new regime will require applicants to pay a “fee when they submit a trade mark application. The pending trade mark will then be examined by IP Australia and if it complies with all the requirements of the Trade Marks Act and Regulations, the trade mark will be advertised as accepted. If no opposition is filed in the 2 month opposition period, or if opposition is decided in favour of the applicant, the trade mark will then be automatically registered”. IP Australia’s summary of the revised fee arrangements can be viewed here.
These changes will align IP Australia with other international IP Offices and, despite a slightly higher standard application fee (presently $120.00 and increasing to $250.00 per class), it will remove the $300.00 per class registration fee.
These changes make IP registration in Australia more streamlined and affordable.
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