1. Introduction

Date Published

The Australian Trade Marks Manual of Practice and Procedures (the Manual) was originally developed to assist Trade Marks staff in implementing the provisions of the Trade Marks Act 1995 (the Act) and the Regulations (the Regulations).  The Manual was first issued in January 1996.

The Manual is an official publication of IP Australia, which contains detailed information on practices and procedures relating to aspects of the filing, examination, and registration of a trade mark.  It also includes the Quality Policy and Examination Quality Standards.

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