On 1 December 2020, the 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. [1]

During the period 1 January 2021 – 3 January 2022, the Canberra office will not be open for business on all Saturdays and Sundays in this period and the following dates:

Friday 1 January 2021 New Year's Day
Tuesday 26 January 2021 Australia Day
Monday 8 March 2021 Canberra Day
Friday 2 April 2021 Good Friday
Monday 5 April 2021 Easter Monday
Monday 26 April 2021 ANZAC Day (Observed)
Monday 31 May 2021 Reconciliation Day
Monday 14 June 2021 Queen's Birthday Holiday
Monday  4 October 2021 Labour Day
Monday 27 December 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022 (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.

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Monday, December 7, 2020