is a member of the International Patent Convention and of
filing of a PCT National Phase application in Australia
costs, on average, about US$ 3 500.00 (as of January 2008).
Sometime thereafter, substantive examination must be requested
at a cost of about US$ 1000.00. If the Examiner objects
to some or all of the claims, prosecution costs of at least
US$ 1 500.00 can be expected. Should the Examiner accept
the application, publication and grant costs of about US$
1500.00 will be payable.
click on the title "Foreign
Filings and the PCT" for general information on foreign
is a member of the Paris Convention for the Protection of
Australian design is defined as the overall appearance of
a product resulting from one or more visual features of
the product, including the shape, configuration, pattern
and ornamentation of the product but excluding the feel
of the product, the materials used in the product, an indefinite
dimension of the product and, if the product has one or
more indefinite dimensions and a pattern that repeats itself,
more than one repeat of the pattern. The definition also
includes a visual feature which supports a functional purpose.
requirement for an Australian design is that it must be
new and distinctive. A design is considered new if it is
not identical to a design made available to the public before
the application of the design. A design is considered distinctive
if it is not substantially similar in overall impression
to a design available to the public before application for
application the design is only subject to preliminary examination
as to compliance with formal requirements.
duration of the Australian design is ten years, subject
to renewal at the five year mark after application thereof.
more information about Australian design applications, please
contact us via the "contact us" link.
click on the title "Foreign
Design applications" for general information on foreign
is a member of the Paris Convention under which any resident
of a Convention country is entitled to claim the priority
date of a first application made in a convention country
as that of any subsequent application in any other Convention
country within a 6 month period. Australia is also a member
of the Madrid Protocol for the international registration
Australian trademark is defined as a sign used, or intended
to be used, to distinguish goods or services dealt with
or provided in the course of trade by a person from goods
or services so dealt with or provided by any other person.
Following the filing of an application for an Australian
trademark, it is subjected to formal examination as to form
only, whereafter the application is published with a 3 month
opposition period. If no opposition is made, the mark will
duration of the Australian trademark is ten years from date
of filing the application, indefinitely renewable for ten
more information on the individual countries, please select
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