How to renew your registration

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Once the Designated Manager has entered your name onto the Register/s, you will need to renew it annually in order to maintain your registration. Here is how to renew your trade marks, patent or incorporated attorney registration.

At a glance

  • Renew yearly to maintain registration
  • Requires evidence of CPE hours for trade marks and patent attorneys
  • You will be removed from the register if you don't renew prior to 31 July

How it works

To maintain your registration as an attorney, you need to pay an annual registration fee and provide proof that you have completed your continuing professional education (CPE) requirements.

Renewal of your registration is due 1 July each year, regardless of your initial registration date. Registration is not automatically renewed so it is your responsibility to maintain it.

Failure to renew your registration before 31 July will result in the Designated Manager removing you from the register(s).

Trade marks and patent attorneys

The Secretariat will send you a reminder to renew your registration to the email address on file in the last week of May.

If you haven't received your renewal email by 1 June, please contact us to make sure your details are up to date.

Before you renew

You will need to:

How to renew

You will need to use IP Australia's online services to:

  • Make your payment
  • Submit your CPE declaration

Log in to online services

Confirmation of renewal

Once you have submitted your renewal, you will receive a confirmation receipt of your payment through your online services account. The Secretariat will email you before 31 July to confirm your registration has been renewed.

Renewal and Restoration fees depends on the type of registration that you have.

Trade marks attorney

Action Annual fee
Renew trade marks registration $400
Restoration of trade marks registration $700


Patent attorney

Action Annual fee
Renew patent attorney registration $400
Restoration of patent attorney registration $700


Dual trade marks and patent attorney

Action Annual fee
Renew of dual trade marks and patent attorney registration $600
Restoration of dual trade marks and patent attorney registration $1200

If you don't renew your registration by 31 July, the Designated Manager will remove you from the register(s) for non-payment.

However, until 1 September of the same year, you can apply to the Designated Manager to have your registration restored.

To restore your registration, you need to submit:

  • An application for restoration after non-payment
  • The restoration payment.

You can apply to the Designated Manager to have your name voluntarily removed from the register/s for up to three years. During this time you can't work as an attorney.

You can request removal at any time by emailing us the voluntary removal form.

You can restore your registration at any time within those three years by:

  • Completing the restoration form, advising of any CPE completed whilst off the Register/s
  • Paying the restoration fee.

If you don't restore your registration within three years, the registration will lapse and you will need to go back to the Board before you can restore it (see lapsed registration information below).

If your registration has lapsed you will need to obtain a letter of currency from the Board prior to seeking restoration with the Designated Manager. Restoring your registration can be costly (you may have to update your IP knowledge through accredited courses), difficult and time-consuming. You'll need to prove to the Board that your knowledge of IP law and practice is current.

You'll need to submit a declaration to the Board for consideration at one of their Board meetings for them to assess the currency of your knowledge. If the Board approve your knowledge, then you can apply to the Designated Manager for Restoration. This step is required only if:

  • Your name was removed for non-payment, and you didn't seek restoration before 1 September of the same year
  • You voluntarily removed your name from the register(s) and you didn't seek restoration within three years
  • Your registration was removed for any other reason

Your application for restoration must include:

  • A completed restoration form
  • The approval letter from the Board about the currency of your relevant knowledge.
  • The restoration fee

Incorporated attorneys

Incorporated patent and trade marks attorneys need to pay a renewal fee on 1 July of every year to maintain registration.

A notice with instructions for making payment will be sent to the listed director(s) by 1 June. As notices will be sent to the listed attorney director(s), it is important that incorporated attorneys ensure contact details for the director(s) are kept up to date.

Contact us to update your details

Incorporated attorneys must also maintain adequate professional indemnity insurance (PII) to remain registered. An incorporated attorney’s certificate of insurance will be kept on record, a reminder will be sent to provide updated details when the insurance expires.

Voluntary removal and restoration
If an incorporated attorney no longer requires registration, the director(s) may request that the registration be removed. They can also apply to restore the registration within 3 years if the incorporated attorney wants to be registered again.

Complete the following form to request removal:

Action Annual fee
Renew trade marks incorporated attorney registration $400
Renew patent incorporated attorney registration $400
Renew dual trade marks and patent incorporated attorney registration $600