IP Australia services during COVID-19

IP Australia and IPONZ provide all their services through electronic portals. Therefore, it is business as usual for filing applications and other correspondence with the office. In recognition of the unprecedented nature the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak is having on businesses IP Australia has modified their processes and practices to support businesses and where possible will extend deadlines.

IP Australia continues to provide its services, modified where needed, to ensure compliance with COVID-19 restrictions. IP Australia acknowledges that the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak may impact the ability of applicants and their representatives to process applications.

In relation to any deadline, IP Australia has advised that where an applicant is having difficulties meeting time frames because of the COVID-19 outbreak an extension of time may be available. Where IP Australia has discretion under the relevant legislation they will seek to apply it.

It is important to note that not all time periods can be extended so contact us if have an impending deadline and consider that you have basis for an extension.

In relation to extensions of time IP Australia has set up a streamlined process for extension of time requests. Associated fees are now waived or refunded to assist those impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Customers impacted by COVID-19 can submit a request for an extension of time based on standard wording IP Australia has made available.
  • An extension of time of up to three months is available and IP Australia has waived their usual fees for extensions.
  • A further (second) extension of time for up to 3 months are now available if required.
  • This arrangement applies to most Patents, Trade Marks, and Designs extension of time requests. This arrangement does not apply to extensions of time for payment of renewal fees.
  • These arrangements will be in place until 31 January 2021.
  • IP Australia are regularly reviewing these temporary arrangements and assessing whether they will be continued beyond 31 January 2021. The office advises that they will provide at least one week's notice before they cease.

We are closely monitoring any developments and notifications from both IPONZ and IP Australia and will provide an update to this article

If we can assist in any way please contact us.

Updated 22 November 2020


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