While the Designs Act allows for the Seal of the Designs Office to be kept electronically, which means that IP Australia can supply electronic certified copies to our customers, the Patents and Trade Marks Acts do not.
Allowing patent and trade mark seals to be kept and used in electronic form would further streamline the provision of certified copies to customers.
Policy development 04-Sept-2017
Legislative drafting 26-Mar-2018
Consultation 23-Jul-2018 to 31-Aug-2018
Legislative drafting 1-Sep-2018
In Parliament 25-Jul-2019
High priority, as this is a relatively straightforward implementation that will improve IP Australia's customers' experience.
IP Australia consulted on draft legislation from 23 July to 31 August 2018.
This item is included in the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Bill 2019 which was introduced to the Australian Parliament on 25 July 2019.