IP Australia have released a statement indicating that the customer service charter will have to be reviewed in 2014 due to the increase in pendency of first reports in the coming years.

IP Australia indicated that a surge in voluntary patent examination requests for the 2012/2013 financial year was a result of the introduction of the IP Laws Amendment Act 2012.

What this means for clients

It is expected that pendency is likely to increase, exceeding the 12 month customer service charter, to average at approximately 19 months. To counter the increase, IP Australia has restricted directions to applications that are 57 months from filing date to keep new requests at a minimum.

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