Policy ID: 
101
Status: 
Identified for action
Priority: 
High
Issue summary: 

While the Patents Regulations 1991 and Designs Regulations 2004 permit the refund of the whole application fee or part of it on the basis of a wide range of circumstances, the Trade Marks Regulations 1995 and Plant Breeder Rights Regulations 1994 only allow a refund of fees in narrowly prescribed circumstances. This results in a reduction in IP Australia's financial management flexibility. Under this issue, IP Australia would investigate appropriate legislative changes to align Trade Marks and PBR refund provisions with Designs and Patents.

History: 
Identified for action 08-Aug-2019
Comments: 

IP Australia is currently conducting a fee review. For more information, please see the Fee Review page.

Tag: 
Plant Breeder's Rights
Trade Marks
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