IP Australia brings out the BIF
11 May 2010
As a formal component of IP Australia's Customer Engagement Strategy, the Business and Industry Forum (BIF), provides the agency with an opportunity to meet with key business stakeholder groups. The objective of the BIF is to gather vital stakeholder feedback in order to improve the way IP Australia administers the registered IP system.
The BIF is staged twice a year, with the most recent meeting held in Canberra on 4 May 2010.
The Forum includes participants from peak bodies that represent small and large businesses, such as the Australian Industry Group, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australian Manufacturer's Patents Industrial Designs Copyright and Trade Marks Association, and two new members - Enterprise Connect and Indigenous Business Australia (IBA).
The new members were added to the forum to increase IP Australia's exposure to other sectors within Australia's business community.
IBA is an important addition to the forum, as IP Australia is developing a strategy to increase the awareness of IP amongst the Indigenous business community.
Key issues discussed at the forum included:
Update on the ABN Business Name Project
Two representatives from the Australian Securities and Investment Commission provided an update on this much anticipated project. They discussed what the key components of the project are and when the project will be released.
IP Australia also discussed its involvement in this project. This included a presentation on TMBiz Search - a new search tool that business name applicants can search to see if their potential business name conflicts with a trade mark.
TM Headstart Demonstration
A live demonstration was provided to attendees to help them understand the benefits of this service.
For more information on the BIF, please email your request to email@example.com
Last Updated: 15/9/2012