ALERT – Fee changes in Australia

IPAustralia has recently announced fee changes for patents, trademarks and designs. Our revised Scale of Charges will soon be issued with the updated charges.

The biggest change is the introduction of a 4th year annuity for patent applications. As from 1 July 2012, an annuity will be payable for any patent application filed on or after 1 July 2008. This is a new fee as the first annuity was previously not paid until the 5th anniversary.

We will soon be sending notices on those cases specifically impacted with this new fee. There will be some cases where we have previously advised a first annuity date that was correct at the time but is now incorrect.

For a full discussion of the changes, please contact mhorsburgh@fak.com.au or T 61 7 3229 2655.