On 6 January 2020 IP Australia issued a public notice that it is experiencing a significant increase in the number of trade mark application filings. As a result, there are currently delays in the examination of trade marks.
IP Australia is currently processing applications with filing dates of (or close to) as follows:
Domestic August 2019
International Non-Madrid August 2019
Madrid September 2019
Requested Expedited December 2019
Converted TM Headstart December 2019
These figures are correct as of 6 January 2020.
Given these delays, it worthwhile considering filing a request forExpedited examination. In particular, it is possible to expedite examination by filing a request and supporting declaration. Common reasons include:
Please contact us with any queries on trade mark timing, the impact on filing strategies and requests for expedited examination.