Last updated: 
11 January 2022

We will:

  • respond to correspondence relating to your application within 4 weeks
  • issue a decision following a hearing within 3 months
  • issue a first report for a standard patent within 12 months
  • issue a first report for an expedited patent examination within 8 weeks. 

If you would like information about the progress of your application please contact us.

We are committed to delivering world-leading intellectual property (IP) services that are modern, effective and efficient and ensure all Australians benefit from great ideas. Our Customer Service Charter provides an overview of how we will meet customer expectations, including the timeliness of IP rights administration. For more information refer to our Customer Service Charter.

 

Working Group We are currently processing examination requests filed in (or around)
CHEM 1 - Biotechnology September 2020
CHEM 2 - Chemical Compounds October 2020
CHEM 3 - Bio-therapeutics July 2020
CHEM 4 - Polymers and Applied Chemistry January 2021
CHEM 5 - Pharmaceuticals October 2020
ELEC 1 - Physics February 2021
ELEC 2 - Electronics and Communications March 2021
ELEC 3 - Computing March 2021
ELEC 4 - Data Processing and Measurements February 2021
MECH 1 - Mechanical Engineering February 2021
MECH 2 - Construction and Mining March 2021
MECH 3 - Process Engineering February 2021
MECH 4 - Medical Devices December 2020
MECH 5 - Packaging and Appliances February 2021