To be published in the Australian Official Journal of Patents on 21 February 2019

IP Australia has published two new instruments in the Official Journal of Patents in relation to:

These instruments commence immediately after the commencement of the Patents (Means and Form of Filing Documents) Instrument 2019 made on 7 January 2019 and the Patents (Means and Form of Filing Documents and Evidence) (Opposition or Other Proceedings) Instrument 2019 made on 7 January 2019. The new instruments also repeal the aforementioned instruments made on 7 January 2019.

The updated Patents (Means and Form of Filing Documents and Evidence) (Opposition and Other Proceedings) Instrument 2019 includes a new section 8, which specifies the form for filing evidence in writing.

Section 5 of the Patents (Means and Form of Filing Documents) Instrument 2019 and subsection 6(5) of the Patents (Means and Form of Filing Documents and Evidence) (Opposition and Other Proceedings) Instrument 2019 have also been amended to clarify when each instrument will apply.

These instruments will commence at the same time as the corresponding parts in the IP Amendment Act, which will be on 24 February 2019, unless proclaimed to commence earlier.

Publish online date: 
Monday, February 11, 2019