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IP Australia – Fee increase

In IP, IPAustralia, patent on July 9, 2010 at 4:52 pm

As of 1 August 2010 IP Australia will increase some patent fees and introduce two new fee items.

The first new fee is for the lodgement of an application for a provisional patent by electronic means. As one would expect, this fee is less than the fee for lodgement by non-electronic means.

The second new fee is for amendments to complete patent specifications after the specification has been accepted. The fee will apply where an amendment increases the total number of claims to more than 20. The fee will be charged on each additional claim and be due on the grant of the amendments, rather than on the filing of the application to amend.

Due to the timing of the payment of this fee, it will have a slight claw back effect as it will be due on “applications to amend” that are filed before 1 August but granted after this date.

For further details see the Official Notice.

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