In its 2016 inquiry into Australia's IP arrangements, the Productivity Commission argued that insufficient use is made of patent fees as a policy lever to address issues in the patent system, such as patent thickets and the proliferation of low quality rights. The government noted the recommendation, and committed IP Australia to consider greater use of renewal and excess claim fees to reduce the number and scope of patents on the register in future fee reviews.
On hold 04-Sept-2017
IP Australia's fees were recently reviewed and revised, and are not due to be reviewed again until 2019-20. This issue will be considered in that future fee review.