We are in an unprecedented times; however, steps are being taken by the Government departments, such as IP Australia, to provide relief to their customers and relieve some of the burden and/or financial strain on applicants.
IP Australia, as of 22 April 2020, will be providing relief to applicants by granting free extensions of time, in respect of most applications and processes.
The extensions of time will provide up to an additional 3 months on any deadline required and the fee for such applications will be waived by IP Australia. IP Australia are even in the process of providing refunds to those who have been impacted by COVID-19 and have lodged extension applications without the fee waiver.
If you would like to discuss how the relief provided by IP Australia may be able to assist you, or if you require assistance with any intellectual property matter, or would like assistance with lodging an application for an extension of time, please contact our Intellectual Property team, Simone Brew and Hayley Hitch.