On 22 April 2020, IP Australia introduced a new streamlined process for extension of time requests for Applicants impacted by COVID-19. The new 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.
IP Australia has advised that these arrangements will be in place until at least 31 May 2020.
POF is happy to advise and assist in obtaining an extension of time for any relevant deadline for Australian Patents, Trade Marks, and Designs. Please contact Edwin Patterson, Alyssa Telfer or Ray Evans to discuss your options.