Change of Practice – Madrid applications

It is now possible to amend the statement of goods/services for an IR through IP Australia, rather than just deleting items.

Previously, IP Australia would only delete goods (e.g. “cars and trucks” to “cars”) but would not allow an amendment (eg “motor vehicles” to “motor vehicles excluding trucks” or to “cars”). An amendment formerly had to be requested through the IB, which was very inconvenient.

This practice is now changing. Note, however, that amendment is only possible if the goods/services in question have caused a provisional refusal.