IP Australia has been sending copies of irregularity notices to Australian-based international registration applicants by post. The International Bureau (IB) sends the same notice to the applicant electronically. To avoid confusion and duplication, IP Australia will discontinue forwarding copies of Irregularity Notices from 1 October 2014.
IP Australia receives copies of irregularity notices from the International Bureau (IB) for international applications where Australia is the Office of Origin. IP Australia has been copying and forwarding these notices to the applicant/s or their representative/s. The IB now provides for and encourages electronic communication directly between applicants and itself. As a result of this, any irregularity notices received by IP Australia as the Office of Origin are also received by the applicant or their representative at the same time or earlier. In order to avoid unnecessary duplication and any potential confusion between these notifications, IP Australia will discontinue forwarding on Irregularity Notices from 1 October 2014.
IP Australia will still continue to fulfil its obligations as an Office of Origin and forward responses to irregularity notices to the IB.
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