eServices help - National phase entry

On this page:

  • The agent acting for this application is:
  • Address for correspondence
  • Address for service of legal documents in Australia
  • Your reference
  • Attach details of your specification in English
  • Article 19 and Article 34 Amendments
  • Examination request
  • Amendment requests
  • Entitlement
  • Attach copy of receipts
  • Postponement of acceptance

 

The agent acting for this application is:

You are required to nominate a main contact for your application. The main contact does not need to be an applicant. Correspondence regarding your application will be addressed to the main contact that you nominate.

If the main contact is not already listed as an applicant, you can add the name of the person, agent or authorised signatory to your application. (e.g If you have selected an organisation as your main contact you can nominate who your correspondence will be addressed to.)

Address for correspondence

This is the address where IP Australia will send all correspondence relating to an IP right. This address may be a street address or a post office box, and can be located in Australia or overseas.

Do not provide your home address to IP Australia if you do not want it published online. You can provide a post office box or other valid address as your address if you want to keep your home address private.

Address for service of legal documents in Australia

This is the address where a person can serve legal documents relating to an IP right. This address must be a street address or a post office box located in Australia. It cannot be an overseas address.

Do not provide your home address to IP Australia if you do not want it published online. You can provide an Australian post office box or other valid Australian address as your address if you want to keep your home address private.

Your reference

Your reference allows you to enter a unique reference of your choice. You can use any combination of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.

This reference can be used by you to identify this eServices transaction.

Attach details of your specification in English

You need to separate your application into parts and attach each part separately.

A complete application must include a description and claims. Other parts, such as drawings, must be included if necessary.

Once you have attached your files you will not be able to preview them through eServices.

Read our Best Practice Guide for Filing a Patent Application in Australia for more information on specifications.

You can attach one of the following file formats: PDF (.pdf), JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg), TIFF (.tif), PNG (.png), TXT (.txt), DOC (.doc, .docx) or XML (.xml). The file can not exceed 20MB in size.

Accepted drawing attachments: PDF (.pdf), JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg), TIFF (.tif) or PNG (.png). The file can not exceed 20MB in size.

Total attachments can not exceed 100MB in size.

See the Image requirements for eServices.

Article 19 and Article 34 Amendments

If the specification that was filed under the PCT (Patent Corporation Treaty) has already been amended under either Article 19 or 34 (or both) of PCT, you must attach a copy of those amendments. The Australian specification will incorporate these amendments.

You can attach one of the following file formats: PDF (.pdf), JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg), TIFF (.tif), PNG (.png), TXT (.txt), DOC (.doc, .docx) or XML (.xml). The file can not exceed 20MB in size.

Examination request

Full Examination

A patent can not be granted unless its application has been examined. To have your application examined you must complete an examination request. You have five years from your date of application to request examination or you can be directed to request an examination by the Commissioner of Patents.

Full Examination - expedited

You can request the examination to be expedited. If you chose to do this you will need to provide a reason why.

Accelerated Examination Under the Patent Prosecution Highway

If you have a US patent application you may be able to request accelerated examination. Find out more information about accelerated examination under the Patent Prosecution Highway.

Amendment requests

There are two amendment options that you can select from, these are amendments in anticipation of an examiner's report and an amendment to the specification.

Amendments in Anticipation of an Examiner's Report

If you request an amendment in anticipation of an examiner's report, you are requesting changes to your specification to be included in your patent application. The changes you request will be added to your case file and considered during the examination process. A fee is not applicable for this amendment type.

Voluntary Amendment (amendment to specification)

If you request a voluntary amendment, you are requesting changes to your specification to be included in your patent application. The changes you request will be considered independently to the examination process. There is a fee for this amendment type.

Entitlement

Noice of entitlement is not required when filing a request to enter the National Phase.

If you select examination as an Additional Request, you must tick to acknowledge a notice of entitlement. If you do provide evidence of entitlement at this time, you will not be required to provide notice of entitlement evidence at a later date.

Attach copy of receipts

You can attach one of the following file formats: PDF (.pdf), JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg), TIFF (.tif), PNG (.png), TXT (.txt), DOC (.doc, .docx) or XML (.xml). The file can not exceed 20MB in size.

Postponement of acceptance

You can delay the acceptance of your application by requesting a postponement of acceptance. If you request postponement, your application will only be accepted once you have withdrawn your postponement request.

Last updated: 
7 April 2016