Utility Models: Australia

General Information

International Agreements : Paris Convention & PCT.

Patent Types : Innovation Patents (which are similar to Utility Models)

Novelty Requirements : Absolute worldwide Novelty

Claiming priority : Yes – within 12 months

Examination : Yes – as to formalities only.

Protection Period : 8 Years

Publication : Yes – at Grant

Annuity Payments : Annually from 2nd year.

Grace period for Annuity payments : 6 Months

Compulsory Licensing : Yes – may be granted if the Patent is not adequately worked after Certification.

Working or nominal working of Patents/Inventions : Working is required to avoid Compulsory Licensing.

Notes : Innovation Patents are automatically granted upon successful formalities examination. However, substantive examination and subsequent certification are required to enforce the Patent.

 

Filing Requirements

Utility Models Filing Requirements

  1. Name & Address of the Applicant(s).
  2. Name & Address(es) of Inventor(s).
  3. Specifications, Claims & Drawings of the Patent.
  4. Priority details – If claiming priority.

 

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