E-filing for trademarks takes first step today

The first stage of the Intellectual Property Online project rolls out today and goes live tomorrow with staff accessing a new Oracle database. Patent and trademark applications will be able to be filed over the Internet by next year.

The first stage of the Intellectual Property Online project rolls out today and goes live tomorrow with staff accessing the new Oracle database.

Patent and trademark applications will be able to be filed over the Internet when the Intellectual Property Office's new system goes online next year.

Manager Debbie Monahan says: "We have our internal database system and the next stage is development to enable online filing and to enable the client to come online too — we are putting it out inhouse first to replace our current database system and then we'll do further enhancements. The next stage will be a roll-out for external clients to file applications and documents online."

So far everything is on track and going well, says Monahan.

"We've kept groups of clients involved and we will be getting further comments from then as we roll out. They will be accessing the data through an Internet browser set-up. At this stage I'm doing up a timetable of activities so its all on schedule."

Monahan says processes regularly performed by staff will become more automated, with input streamlined and greater integration between the three types of intellectual property: patents, trademarks and designs.

It is likely that a direct debit system for paying fees will also be linked to the site.

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