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
High priority, as this is a relatively straightforward implementation that will improve IP Australia's customers' experience.
IP Australia is currently consulting on exposure draft legislation with the intention of introducing final legislation to Parliament in late 2018 or early 2019.