What are registered design renewal fees? When are they due?

Renewal fees, also known as maintenance fees or annuities, are periodic fees payable to the patent office in order to maintain the currency and enforceability of a registered design. Renewals fee requirements vary from country to country and may increase over time.  This is to encourage design owners to lapse their registered design, and therefore allow the public to benefit from the design, if the owner is no longer using or generating revenue from the registered design.  

Registered design renewal fees are due 5 and 10 years after the filing date in New Zealand, and 5 years after the filing date in Australia.

For more information, please visit our renewals page.