Introduce trade mark divisional applications for International Registration Designating Australia (IRDA)

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At present, it is not possible to divide an International Registration Designating Australia (IRDA). Proposed changes to the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement will come into force in February 2019, and will provide for division of IRDAs under the Madrid Agreement.

As a consequence, and because Australia provides for the division of domestic trade mark applications, Australia is obliged as a signatory of the Madrid Agreement to amend the Trade Marks Act 1995 and related regulations to give effect to the amendments to the Common Regulations.

In doing so, IP Australia will need to consider any associated or consequential changes to the process for seeking divisionals of domestic trade mark applications, to ensure that the process for domestic trade mark applications and IRDAs is consistent for all IP Australia customers.

Policy development 04-Sept-2017

High priority, as changes to the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement come into force in February 2019.

Public consultation is underway.

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