At present designs, patents and trade mark applicants may pay renewal fees up to six months after the renewal date, as long as late fees are also paid. However, Plant Breeder's Rights applicants have no such renewal grace period and must pay renewal fees by the anniversary.
The four IP rights sometimes use different terminology for what is essentially the same status or process.
On hold 04-Sept-2017
Policy Development 01-Jul-2019
Consultation 31-Oct-2019 to 20-Dec-2019
Policy development 20-Dec-2019
Public consultation on this issue first took place from November 2016 - February 2017.
Work on the Designs component of this issue is now being undertaken.
P Australia conducted a public consultation from 31 October to 20 December 2019 on policy issues being considered for inclusion in a Designs Bill in 2020. Consultation is now closed and IP Australia is considering all submissions received.