Changes to Trade Mark Application Fees are Now Live

On 3 August 2016, IP Australia announced incoming changes to the fees payable for:

  • trade mark applications; and
  • trade mark registrations.[1]

As announced these changes apply to all trade mark applications filed after 10 October 2016.

I want to apply to register a trade mark, what are the fees?

As before, the fees payable when filing an application for registration of a trade mark vary based on:

  • the number of classes for which registration is sought;
  • the manner in which the goods and services within each class are described; that is, if goods and services are taken from the Official Goods and Services pick list (Pick List), or are entered as free text (Free Text); and
  • the method of application, being a trade mark headstart application (TM Headstart Application) or a trade mark application (Trade Mark Application).

The fees payable for each type of application are:

Method of application Description of goods and services Fee per class ($)
TM Headstart Part 1 Pick List $200.00
TM Headstart Part 2 Pick List $130.00
Trade Mark Application Pick List $250.00
Trade Mark Application Free Text $330.00


From the above, applicants can now obtain registration of a single class trade mark via:

  • the TM Headstart process for a total fee of $330.00; and
  • the Trade Mark Application process for a total fee of $250.00.


Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth)

Trade Marks Regulations 1995 (Cth)

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Further information

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Brisbane LawyersMalcolm Burrows B.Bus.,MBA.,LL.B.,LL.M.,MQLS.
Legal Practice Director
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