New e-Commerce Capabilities and Approved Means from 1 December
9 Nov 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.
In the news article of 31 August 2012 we advised that fees for filing new IP Right applications were changing on 1 October 2012. At that time the Commissioner and Registrar specified transitional arrangements for filing new applications via an approved means. Those arrangements were implemented to support customers adapt to the new e-commerce capabilities available through eServices and Business to Business (B2B).
IP Australia recently announced the second release of eServices which includes new applications for all IP Rights.
Following this release the Commissioner and Registrar have specified that from 1 December 2012 the approved means to access reduced fees are as follows:
- When filing a new application (patent, trade mark, design or plant breeder's right) the transaction must be made using eServices or by B2B.
When a new application is filed by another means from 1 December 2012 (for example by mail, facsimile or at an IP Lodgement counter) the lower fee will not apply.
Customers are reminded that the approved means to renew an IP Right are eServices and B2B only. Customers are also reminded that payments made via EFT and EFTPOS are not an approved means.
Last Updated: 12/12/2012