Subject to regulations being amended, a series of proposed new fee arrangements are to be introduced by IP Australia in October 2016. These changes come as a result of the recent IP Australia Fee Review in accordance with Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines 2014.

Official fees for the administration of patents, trade marks, designs, and plant breeder’s rights will be changing.

In brief, the trade mark fee changes will allows for an overall lower up-front cost for trade mark registrations, which will be somewhat offset by an increase in renewal fees.

The patent fee changes will result in a 50% reduction in the international type search fee. An international type search can help you make an informed decision about whether to proceed with a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) application.

Full details of the fee changes, are available here on IP Australia’s website.