Last updated: 
11 January 2019

IP Australia has released draft regulations for public comment. These draft regulations are for amendments to the Trade Marks Regulations 1995 to:

  • provide for the dividing of international registrations designating Australia (“IRDAs”) into divisional IRDAs

  • update or make clearer several references to international arrangements concerning protection of trade marks.

Divisional IRDAs will be examined in the same way and timeframe as divisional applications for Australian registration. There will be necessary procedural differences because the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization must create any divisional international registration in the International Register.

The regulations are proposed to be made in 2019, subject to the Government’s priorities. Divisional IRDAs would become available six months after the regulations are registered.

Draft regulations and explanatory statement

Previous consultation 

IP Australia has previously consulted on reforms to the trade marks divisional system in Australia, as part of a wider package of reforms. Details of the consultation and IP Australia’s response to the submissions received can be found on the webpage Public consultation on several Intellectual Property (IP) matters.

As indicated in that response, the current proposal is to amend the Trade Marks Regulations to implement IRDA divisionals so that they are examined in the same way and timeframe as divisional applications for Australian registration. The amendments will not change how divisional applications for Australian registration are treated.

Making a submission

We are seeking comments on the draft regulations, particularly on any unintended consequences of these regulations or issues with the drafting.

We invite all interested parties to make written submissions on the Exposure Drafts by Friday 1 March 2019. Please send submissions to For accessibility reasons, please submit responses by email in Word, RTF, or PDF format.

Contact officer 

Paul Gardner
Ph: (02) 6283 2145

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