New IP Right application fees will change from 1 October
31 Aug 2012
On 10 May 2012 we announced that the Australian Government has approved, within the context of its 2012 Budget, changes to fees charged for IP Australia's products and services.
The majority of fee changes occurred on 1 July 2012, with the exception of new IP Right application filing fees which will change from 1 October 2012.
The fee changes include incentives for customers to use an approved means for specific transactions. Customers that file using an approved means will benefit through a lower fee.
IP Australia is making new e-commerce capabilities available to customers via eServices and B2B channels. Over time eServices and B2B will enable a suite of transactions across the four IP rights.
To support a smooth transition and time for our customers to adapt to these new e-commerce capabilities, the Commissioner and Registrar have specified that the approved means from 1 October 2012 for filing a new IP Right application are as follows:
- Business to Business (B2B)
- IP Lodgement Points
- Direct mail to IP Australia
- Corporate Fax 02 6283 7999
The following examples are provided to assist customers understand the new arrangements in line with IP Australia's fee schedules from 1 October 2012:
- A standard complete patent application filed by post will cost the lower fee of $370.
- A standard trade mark application filed in paper will cost the lower fee of $200 per class.
- A design application filed over the counter will cost the lower fee of $250.
- A plant breeder's right application filed by facsimile will cost the lower fee of $345.
The above arrangements for filing new applications will be in place from 1 October 2012 until 1 December 2012. We will review these arrangements ahead of 1 December 2012 with the intention of prescribing the approved means as eServices and B2B only.
Customers are reminded the approved means to renew an IP Right are eServices and B2B.
Last Updated: 29/11/2012