This calculator determines costs around a standard patent application, examination and renewal fees.

Before applying for a patent, considering the following:

 

Note: This calculator focuses only on the standard 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 standard 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

Standard
patent application
filing by other means
Standard
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
$470
$370
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C
( A x B )
Total cost to apply
$470
$370

 

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.

Standard patent applications must be examined. You must request examination and pay the examination fee within five years of your filing date. If you haven't requested examination yourself, you may be directed to request examination and pay the examination fee anywhere up to 55 months from your earliest priority date. In this case, you will be given two months to request examination. If you fail to request examination and pay the fee within the required period your application will lapse.

Application type

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

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

Total cost to examine
$490
$490

 


 

Acceptance Cost

An acceptance fee is only applicable for a standard patent.

Application type

Standard patent
acceptance paid
by other means
Standard patent
acceptance paid
online with eServices
Total cost to renew
Total cost for acceptance
$250
$250

Amendments to a patent application will incur a fee after the standard patent application has been accepted. See Voluntary amendments on the patents time and costs page.

 


 

Standard patent renewal cost - 4th to 9th 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

Standard
patent renewed
paid by other means
Standard
patent renewed
online with eServices
Total cost to renew
(annual fee)
$350
$300

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

 


 

Standard patent renewal cost - 10th to 14th 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

Standard
patent renewed
paid by other means
Standard
patent renewed
online with eServices
Total cost to renew
(annual fee)
$600
$550

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

 


 

Standard patent renewal cost - 15th to 19th 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

Standard
patent renewed
paid by other means
Standard
patent renewed
online with eServices
Total cost to renew
(annual fee)
$1,300
$1,250

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

 


 

Standard patent renewal cost - 20th to 24th anniversaries (pharmaceuticals only)

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

Standard
patent renewed
paid by other means
Standard
patent renewed
online with eServices
Total cost to renew
(annual fee)
$2,600
$2,550

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