These arrangements have now been extended until at least 30 September 2020.
In a new development, IP Australia are also allowing a further streamlined COVID-19 extension even if you have previously received an extension. Until this announcement, only one streamlined COVID-19 extension request per case/action was allowable.
By way of reminder, extension of time is available to extend most Patents, Trade Marks, and Designs deadlines for up to three months, and is:
- free of charge – associated fees will be waived or refunded; and
- only requires the submission of a simplified request based on standard text made available by IP Australia. This differs to standard extension of time requests that require a statutory declaration to be submitted setting out the circumstances for the extension.
One notable exception is that the arrangement does not apply to extensions of time for payment of renewal fees.