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Author: Marcelo Soler

Update on IP Australia’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak  (update 8)

The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to affect many of our customers.

As such, IP Australia’s streamlined process to provide free extensions of time to assist customers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak will be continued until 30 November 2020.

If you have previously received a streamlined three month extension and subsequently find that you need a further extension due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, then you can apply for a further streamlined extension of time for up to 3 months.

We also recognise that restrictions in Victoria may be causing our customers additional disruptions. If you need more flexibility than the streamlined process for extensions of time offers, please contact us to discuss your circumstances and how we may be able to assist you.

The streamlined process for extensions of time is temporary and its continuation is being regularly reviewed considering the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic disruptions. We will provide at least one week’s notice before it is ended.

The service does not guarantee registration of your trade mark and is not a business or legal advice service. For advice on the trade mark system and how it might be best used in your business, we will recommend you to advisers such as trade mark attorneys or other professionals.

Extending Australian patent and trade mark deadlines amid COVID-19 (update 6)

(See here for the latest update)

Three-month extensions of time for COVID-19 related delays are now freely available for most Australian patent and trade mark deadlines.

Deadlines that cannot be met due to COVID-19 related ‘circumstancesg beyond the control of the person’ can now be extended with a simple electronic request via an electronic portal and without official fees.

Justifying the extension is now a matter of ticking a box. From the electronic portal:

These new arrangements apply to requests for extension filed by 30 September 2020 and this date may well be extended in due course. IP Australia (our Intellectual Property Office) plans to regularly review the new arrangement considering the severity of the COVID-19 disruptions.

In addition to these new arrangements, Australia’s (generous) ordinary extension provisions remain in place (see here).

Extending Australian patent and trade mark deadlines amid COVID-19 (update 5)

(See here for the latest update)

Three-month extensions of time for COVID-19 related delays are now freely available for most Australian patent and trade mark deadlines.

Deadlines that cannot be met due to COVID-19 related ‘circumstances beyond the control of the person’ can now be extended with a simple electronic request via an electronic portal and without official fees.

Justifying the extension is now a matter of ticking a box. From the electronic portal:

These new arrangements apply to requests for extension filed by 31 August 2020 and this date may well be extended in due course. IP Australia (our Intellectual Property Office) plans to regularly review the new arrangement considering the severity of the COVID-19 disruptions.

In addition to these new arrangements, Australia’s (generous) ordinary extension provisions remain in place (see here).