IP Australia fee increases and updated classification search

From 1 October 2020, IP Australia will increase their fees for a number of their intellectual property services including trade mark applications.

Trade mark applicants wanting to submit their own unique claims instead of choosing from IP Australia’s standard list of available claims (the picklist),  can now expect to pay even higher fees moving forward. The new cost of filing a trade mark application without the picklist is as follows:        

  • Standard TM application (no picklist)                      $400 per class
  • Series TM application (no picklist)                           $550 per class

This is an increase of $70 per class for these applications. In addition, to incentivise people to make online payments, fees for trade mark applications that are not paid via the online IP Australia service will increase by $100

A further change relevant to international trade mark registration is set to commence on 7 November 2020:

  • Madrid Import application                                        $400 per class

The cost of filing a Head Start application (IP Australia’s pre-application service) or renewing a trade mark will remain the same provided payment is made via to online IP Australia service.

IP Australia are also trialling a new, remodelled classification search. The classification search has been upgraded to make it easier for prospective trade mark applicants to search IP Australia’s “picklist” and browse the classes of goods and services in which trade marks can be registered.

For more information or assistance preparing trade mark applications, contact our IP team today.

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