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.
Public consultation on this issue took place from November 2016 - February 2017.
Due to a number of high priority proposals resulting from the Government's response to the PC inquiry this proposal has been downgraded to Medium priority. The issue has been placed on hold and will be considered for inclusion in a later Bill.