COVID-19 ends for IP Australia

IP Australia’s generous Streamlined COVID-19 Extensions of Time regime is coming to an end on 31 March 2021. Details of the Streamlined COVID-19 Extensions of Time can be found here.

Beyond that date, extensions of time will still be available, but only on a case-by-case basis for Applicants and Attorneys who continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Commissioner will consider the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic when determining whether an extension can be granted. A declaration explaining why applicants cannot comply with a due date will be required.

Of course, the usual extension of time provisions for patents under Section 223 are also available.


Mark’s academic background is in computer science and electrical engineering. He assists clients in obtaining and enforcing their intellectual property rights in the areas of software, electronics and engineering. Prior to joining Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick, Mark worked for a leading automotive manufacturer.