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Jellie, post: 266185, member: 37661 wrote:
Hi Jacqui, so though IP Australia you just pays the fees mentioned and nothing else? Sorry just confused, if that’s all you pay why do people need a trade mark attorney or is it not that easy lol

Hi Jellie – it’s a difficult question to answer … some times it comes down to ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’ with trade mark law (and no doubt other laws and professions). Yes, if you enjoy a smooth application the government fees with IP Australia could be all you pay. However, if there are issues it might cost you more in the long run by having to fix those issues – or, where mistakes/issues are made that you can’t ‘fix’, can sometimes result in having to file a new application and go through the process again. Engaging a trade marks attorney at the outset can avoid certain issues/mistakes from being made if you’re not familiar with trade mark law so whilst higher in cost initially, can save you more in the long run.