On 22 January 2020, the Acting Director General of IP Australia declared, in accordance with the relevant intellectual property rights legislation, those days when the Canberra office will not be open for business. A copy of the declaration is attached.
The close-down provisions in the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994, Designs Act 2003, Patents Act 1990, Trade Marks Act 1995 and Olympic Insignia Protection Act 1987 each state when the Designs Office, the Patent Office, the PBR Office and the Trade Marks Office are not open for business.
During the period 1 January 2020 – 1 January 2021, the Canberra office will not be open for business on all Saturdays and Sundays in this period and the following dates:
|Wednesday 1 January 2020||New Year's Day|
|Monday 27 January 2020||Australia Day (observed)|
|Monday 9 March 2020||Canberra Day|
|Friday 10 April 2020||Good Friday|
|Monday 13 April 2020||Easter Monday|
|Monday 27 April 2020||ANZAC Day (observed)|
|Monday 1 June 2020||Reconciliation Day|
|Monday 8 June 2020||Queen's Birthday Holiday|
|Monday 5 October 2020||Labour Day|
|Friday 25 December 2020 to Friday 1 January 2021 (inclusive)||Christmas Close Down|
Please refer to the following provisions in the relevant intellectual property legislation to determine the effect of the close-down period: Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994 – Section 76A, Designs Act 2003 – Section 136A, Patents Act 1990 – Section 222A, Trade Marks Act 1995 – Section 223A and Olympia Insignia Protection Act 1987 – Section 14A.