IP Australia announced on 17 February 2021 that it will extend up until 31 March 2021 the streamlined process (reported upon previously here) relating to extensions of time for complying with deadlines for action relating to Australian IP rights for users of the IP rights regimes impacted by COVID-19.

As previously reported, IP Australia is providing simplified and exceptional extensions of up to three months for users impacted by COVID-19. Users need to apply for each extension through a very simple process, and no official fees are payable. All that is required is a declaration that the individual or business is unable to meet the deadline due to the disruptive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The declaration can be lodged by simply ticking a box in IP Australia's online interface: no documents need to be uploaded, and the extension of time fee is automatically waived. Applications for these exceptional extensions are available at least until 30 November 2020 in relation to patentstrade marks and designs. Similar arrangements are available for Plant Breeder's Rights (PBR), and IP Australia is directing users to contact the PBR office in advance of deadlines if they have been adversely impacted by the pandemic.

DCC Is Here To Help

DCC is pleased to be able to offer assistance with these exceptional extensions. Please contact us immediately if you require an official deadline extended, or have questions regarding management of your IP during this crisis.

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