Changes will be introduced on 1 November 2012 that will see a reduction in some of the official filing and handling fees that apply to international (PCT) patent applications. The new fees (in AUD) are as follows:

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For PCT applications filed in an electronic format (via PCT-EASY or PCT-SAFE), the cost savings will be slightly offset by a reduction in the discounts that currently apply. For instance, where a PCT application is filed electronically via PCT-EASY, the current discount of $102 will be reduced to $97. Where a PCT application is filed electronically via PCT-SAFE, the following changes will apply:

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The reduction in fees has come about as a result of the directives adopted by the PCT Assembly at its fortieth session, which introduce new equivalent amounts in AUD for the international filing and handling fees, as a result of currency fluctuations.