IPONZ and IP Australia services during COVID-19

Both IPONZ and IP Australia provide all their services through electronic portals. It is anticipated that it will be business as usual for filing applications and other correspondence with either office.

However, it cannot be denied that the effects of the COVID 19 outbreak is an unprecedented situation that may have an impact on the ability of our clients in other parts of the world as their governments take the necessary drastic steps to prevent the spread of the virus.

IPONZ believes that we should be able to transact with the office as usual and file responses to meet examination deadlines. We will be informed of any developments that affect the business as usual scenario and will provide an update to this article.

IP Australia has advised that where an applicant cannot carry out an action within time due to the COVID 19 outbreak an extension of time may be available.

The request will have to be accompanied where required by a declaration setting out how the COVID 19 outbreak interfered with responding in time. Requests for waiver or refund of the fee for the extension of time will be considered on a case by case basis.

Not all time periods can be extended so contact us if have an impending deadline and consider that you have basis for an extension.

If we can assist in any way please contact us.

19 March 2020

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