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Extending Australian patent and trade mark deadlines amid COVID-19 (update 4)

(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 July 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).

Costs plummet to get a trade mark in Canada and Brazil

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Costs to get a trade mark in Canada recently plummeted. We also expect the time taken to registration of a trade mark in Canada for Australian early stage exporters to fall. New laws changed the requirements for registration, and also permit trade mark registration via the same system used to apply for protection in many other countries.

Canada’s new trade mark laws allowed it to join the Madrid Protocol International Registration system. Making a single application covering many countries is far cheaper than an application per country.

This change to trade marks in Canada has been much anticipated, but long delayed.

We expect savings of thousands of dollars per Canadian trade mark application. Most applications will no longer need help from a Canadian attorney.  Even for more complex cases, the new laws avoid expensive requirements under the old laws.

For example, making a Declaration of Use of the trade mark in Canada is no longer essential for registration. This avoids paying for years of extra time to start using the trade mark in Canada.


Brazil also joins the Madrid Protocol International Registration system, on 2 October 2019. Costs will be significantly reduced. We also expect much faster processing of trade mark applications.

The international registration system allows the examiner in each country only 18 months to object to a trade mark application. This has noticeably improved time frames for many countries.

To discuss trade mark protection in Canada, Brazil or elsewhere please contact us at any time.  Our expert trade mark attorneys have many years experience assisting clients to protect their trade mark rights internationally.

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Be.Bendigo Invention + Innovation Awards – Prizes and Deadlines

Ben Mott, patent attorney and mechanical engineer, is again judging the Be.Bendigo Invention + Innovation Awards. Wadeson is proud to be a Partner of the Bendigo Invention + Innovation Festival 2019.

Entries are now open and close on Monday, 15 July 2019, and the panel of judges will give feedback on all applications.  Shortlisted entries can attend a 4 day La Trobe Accelerator Program bootcamp program.

Bendigo Invention and Innovation Festival 2018

The Bootcamp provides intensive training and coaching on website design, entrepreneurial marketing, value proposition, business model canvas, sustainability, pricing, social entrepreneurship, global success, wellness, IT platforms and pitching. It also includes an opportunity to pitch for a place on the 12 week La Trobe Accelerator Program and up to $10,000 in non-equity seed funding.

The Be.Bendigo Invention + Innovation Awards and a pitch event will be held on Tuesday, 3 September 2019. Prizes up to $2,500 will be awarded across the categories of Youth, Environmental Sustainability, Health, and Open. The overall winner prize is $5,000 and direct access to the 12 week La Trobe Acclerator Program – Advanced Stream.

Established in 2010, the awards have given away over $100,000 in prizes and seen many entries go on to global success.

David Hughes, Project Director

Bendigo boasts a thriving manufacturing sector including key players in mining and industrial casting, rubber manufacturing and military vehicles. The Bendigo Invention + Innovation Festival is an initiative of Bendigo’s peak industry body, Be.Bendigo.

We look forward to seeing you at the Awards!


Wadeson turns 10!

Many thanks to our wonderful clients and business partners



Many thanks to our wonderful clients and business partners for supporting us over the past 10 years.

Wadeson started with one woman and a vision of a vibrant, modern attorney firm providing inspired advice and outstanding service.

From one woman and a vision in 2009, we have grown to a staff of seven with a collective 140 years’ experience in Australian intellectual property. We remain proudly independent and 100% committed to our clients and our original vision.

Efficient workflows, robust business systems, experienced professionals and a fabulous business culture allow us to provide unparalleled responsiveness. We make Australian IP easy for our local clients and foreign instructors. Our professionals are pragmatic lateral thinkers who love nothing more than to craft a bespoke patent strategy when you need your Australian IP to perform.


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