Global Assist is an information gateway focussed on the needs of patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys and other IP professionals, based in other countries, who are looking for information on the filing and prosecution practice for patent, trade mark and design applications in Australia. Global Assist presents the basic filing information in a user-friendly format, highlighting important aspects of Australian practice.
General information and flowcharts about the filing and prosecution practice for applications in Australia can be found in the Intellectual Property section
No Power of Attorney form is required to file any application in Australia.
Specific information on patents, trade marks and designs can be found in the relevant sections below.
An Australian patent application can be filed as either a National Phase Application based on a PCT Application; a Paris Convention Application based on one or more Priority Applications; or a direct Non-Convention application. A divisional application that includes new subject matter may also be directly filed from a pending PCT application.
An Australian trade mark application can be filed for both goods and services, and multi-class applications are allowed. An application can be made either as a Paris Convention Application based on one or more Priority Applications; or as a Non-Convention application. In the case of a Convention Application, partial priorities are allowed. Australia is a signatory to the Madrid Protocol.
A design application can be made in respect of one or more designs. In the case of multiple designs contained in one application, the design is effectively treated as multiple applications, and will result in multiple registrations providing that requests for registration are filed in respect of the designs. An Australian design application can be made either as a Paris Convention Application based on one or more Priority Applications; or as a Non-Convention application.