Maintaining a patent & renewals

In most countries it is necessary to pay periodic ‘renewal’ fees to maintain an application for a standard patent and any patent granted on it.

We are one of the few firms in Australia and NZ to have retained a specialist renewals department. This enables our firm to shop around for the best renewal rates outside of Australia and NZ for our clients, and we can match or better the renewal rates for Australia, NZ or other countries offered by the larger patent renewal agencies.

Australia

Annual fees are due on or before the fourth anniversary of the filing date of the complete application for a standard patent (the second anniversary for an innovation patent), and annually thereafter

New Zealand

Annual fees are due on or before the fourth anniversary of the filing date of the complete application for a standard patent, and annually thereafter.

Under the old New Zealand Act, renewal fees were paid at period intervals due on the fourth, seventh, tenth and thirteenth anniversary from filing, payable after grant. For pending applications filed before 13 September 2014, the date of grant will determine under which Act (either the old or new Act) the renewal fees are payable.

South East Asia

For further information regarding renewal fees in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, view the South East Asia – Renewal Requirements.

Unsolicited request for payment of fees

Owners of patent or design applications or registrations should be aware that there are bogus operators in existence who take the published details of such applications to send out invoices for unnecessary publications or fictitious services. For more information please read our article: Warning: Unsolicited request for payment fees.