It has been announced that the official fees for various IP matters in Australia will be increasing with effect from 1st October 2020, while a small number of fees will decrease.

Of particular significance for patent cases are increases in excess claim fees and in the renewal/maintenance fees. The latter will increase on a sliding scale up to AUS$2650 per year for standard patents and up to AUS$8000 for pharmaceutical patents that have been extended beyond their 20-year term.

For trade marks, the increases affect, inter alia, the filing fees for applications which do not utilise IP Australia’s pick list of goods and services, as well as the cost of designating Australia as part of an International Registration (the latter taking effect from 7th November 2020).

Vis-à-vis design cases, the fee changes include increased renewal fees and the addition of a new fee for incorporating more than one individual design of the same category into a design application.

In view of the above, we would strongly recommend that any upcoming design or patent renewal/maintenance fees be paid as soon as possible, and that trade mark applications are filed using the IP Australia’s pick list of goods and services or, if this list is not to be used, that applications are filed as soon as possible.

For more information please contact the author, Louise Audhlam-Gardiner, at