IP Australia Announces New Fourth Year Patent Renewal

/ Bill McFarlane / Important Updates

As part of the 2012 Federal Budget, the Australian Government has approved changes to IP Australia’s fees, including standard patent renewal fees. The new fee structure will apply from 1 July 2012.

Prior to the changes, annual renewal or maintenance fees for standard patents and pending applications were not payable until after the 5th anniversary of the filing date.

From 1 July 2012, renewals will become payable on standard patents and applications from the 4th anniversary of filing. The official government fee for the 4th year renewal will begin at AU$300. Our usual renewal service charge will apply. You will be receiving renewal reminder letters in due course with total renewal costs.

The new renewal fee will only apply to standard patents and applications having an effective filing date on or after 1 July 2008. As this is a significant change to IP Australia’s practice regarding renewals, we are providing this notice to you in advance of this new fee being introduced.

If you would like to know about any of IP Australia’s other proposed fee increases please contact us for further information.