IP Australia fee changes: patent continuation fees now due 4 years from filing
IP Australia announced on 10 May 2012 that changes to official fees for Australian patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeders rights will become effective in most cases from 1 July 2012, although new application filing fees will not change until 1 October 2012. Details of the new fee structures can be found at:
- IP Australia > Patents > Fees
- IP Australia > Trade Marks > Fees
- IP Australia > Designs > Fees
- IP Australia > Plant breeders rights > Fees
A significant change included within the new patent fee schedule is that the first continuation fee payment in respect of patent applications with a date of patent (international application filing date, Australian filing date for non-PCT applications or divisional parent filing date) on or after 1 July 2008 will be due 4 years from the date of patent instead of the current 5 years.