This calculator determines costs around an innovation patent application, examination and renewal fees.

Before applying for a patent, considering the following:

 

Note: This calculator focuses only on the innovation patent application. You should strongly consider and compare the benefits between Standard, Innovation and Provisional patent applications - it is more than cost that separates these application types.


 

Application cost

It costs to file a innovation patent application with IP Australia. 2 different application methods are listed below, with a breakdown of costs to file under each.

 


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Application type

Innovation
patent application
filing by other means
Innovation
patent application
online with eServices

Filing method

Paper

Online with eServices

A
Number of patents
1
1
x
x
B
Cost to file per Patent
$280
$180
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C
( A x B )
Total cost to apply
$280
$180

 

Please Note: From 1 December 2012 the approved means for filing a new patent application is using eServices, or by Business to Business (B2B) for approved businesses. When applying for a patent by another means from 1 July 2012 (for example by mail) the lower fee will not apply.

Amendments to a patent application will incur a fee before you request examination. See Voluntary amendments on the patents time and costs page.

 


 

Examination cost

Note: Both innovation and standard patents must be examined before you can enforce your rights.

 

Examination of your patent does not form part of the application process. You must pay an additional fee in a request for examination.

Innovation patents do not have to be examined. You can choose to keep your patent as an unexamined innovation patent and never request examination.

Application type

Innovation patent
examination paid
by other means
Innovation patent
examination paid
online with eServices

Up to 8 weeks

Up to 8 weeks

Total cost to examine
$500
$500

 

Examination of your innovation patent can be requested by a third party. In these situations, a fee is also payable, but the cost is paid half by the third party requesting examination and half by the applicant of the patent. More information on fees related to third party examination

 


 

Innovation patent renewal cost - 2nd to 4th anniversaries

Annual renewal fees must be paid on all standard and innovation patent applications if you want them to remain in force. The cost will vary depending on the type of patent and the number of years that have passed since you filed it. These fees are usually due on or before the anniversary of the filing date of your application.

It is up to you to pay on time. Patent protection will stop if the renewal fee is not paid.

It is important that you keep your contact details up to date by using our online services.

Application type

Innovation
patent renewed
paid by other means
Innovation
patent renewed
online with eServices
Total cost to renew
(annual fee)
$160
$110

 

A Renewal payment late fee may be charged if anniversary payments are overdue. See Innovation patent renewals on the patent time and costs page

 


 

Innovation patent renewal cost - 5th to 7th anniversaries

Annual renewal fees must be paid on all standard and innovation patent applications if you want them to remain in force. The cost will vary depending on the type of patent and the number of years that have passed since you filed it. These fees are usually due on or before the anniversary of the filing date of your application.

It is up to you to pay on time. Patent protection will stop if the renewal fee is not paid.

It is important that you keep your contact details up to date by using our online services.

Application type

Innovation
patent renewed
paid by other means
Innovation
patent renewed
online with eServices
Total cost to renew
(annual fee)
$270
$220

 

A Renewal payment late fee may be charged if anniversary payments are overdue. See Innovation patent renewals on the patent time and costs page