COVID-19 and the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board

To support members of the IP attorney profession impacted by COVID-19, the Designated Manager will apply their discretion, where available under existing legislation, to provide relief for attorneys as it relates to obligations for continuing professional education, and fees for renewals of registration.

The Board and the Designated Manager are reviewing all administrative and regulatory issues for registered attorneys relating to the COVID-19 outbreak on an ongoing basis. We acknowledge these are challenging and uncertain times for everyone. Please refer to IP Australia’s Business continuity and the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak page for up to date information regarding IP rights.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

  • The Designated Manager will allow for any shortfalls in CPE in 2019-20 due to COVID-19 to be made up in 2020­–21.
  • A broad range of learning activities will be taken to meet CPE requirements for 2019–20, including private study, online research, webinars and other alternatives to in-person training sessions (see the CPE Guidelines)

Attorney registration renewals

  • Restoration of attorneys to the Registers following non-payment of registration renewal fees due to COVID-19, and the waiver of associated restoration fees, will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact the Secretariat to discuss your circumstances and what relief may be available.