UPDATE! IP Australia: Streamlined Process for Extension of Time Requests
Update, May 25 - In an update email to stakeholders, the General Manager of the IP Australia's Patents Chemical, PBR & Electrical Group (PCPEG) confirmed that the arrangements to provide more time for PBR customers will be continued until at least 30 June 2020.
Update, April 28 - as reported by IP Australia via Email to the CIOPORA Office, any companies experiencing financial difficulties and currently unable to pay the renewal fees should reach out to the Australian PBR office as early possible, and before the due date, to determine possible options.
Canberra, April 22 - IP Australia has updated information on its website regarding our response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The authority has put in place a streamlined process for the extension of time requests with associated fees waived or refunded to assist customers that have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The streamlined extensions of time process apply to most actions for patents, trademarks, and designs. Comparable measures to obtain extra time have also been introduced for Plant Variety Right applicants and title-holders.
Find more information on the IP Australia PBR frequently asked question page.