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Protecting your intellectual property is just the first step to commercialise your idea.

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We have developed a tool to help you decide if you need a patent, trade mark, design, plant breeder's right or a combination.

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24 August 2016

With the Governor-General signing the Intellectual Property Legislation Amendment (Fee review) Regulation 2016 on 17 August 2016, we can now confirm that the fee changes will take effect from 12am AEDT, 10 October 2016.

11 August 2016

IP Australia has made the decision to decommission PCT-SAFE as a mode of filing PCT applications. The withdrawal of this mode of filing will take effect on 1 September 2016.

8 August 2016

Valuing your intellectual property (IP), protecting your creative business from copycats and what makes an investor friendly start-up are just some

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Tuesday 20th September at 6:00pm - Tuesday 20th September at 7:30pm

Almost every business has a trade mark of some sort – in its words, logos or slogans, or a combination. Our trade marks workshop explains the basics behind trade mark protection and helps you understand how to protect your brand.

Tuesday 15th November at 9:00am - Wednesday 16th November at 5:30am

IP Australia and the OECD will host the 2016 annual IP Statistics for Decision Makers (IPSDM) Conference. The conference will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney from 15-16 November 2016.

IPSDM 2016 will look at how intellectual property data, statistics and analysis are used and can be used to inform decision-makers in both the public and private sectors. It will also look at identifying key information needs, possible shortcomings and discuss the latest empirical evidence based on IP statistics.

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19 August 2016

There’s been a bit in in the media lately about current design laws being costly and out of date.

10 August 2016

In the first six months of 2016, we revamped and released a new website to the general public. Many changes were made to the content, design and structure of the site.

10 August 2016

The interactive National Innovation Map has been updated!
This tool can help you unlock innovation and entrepreneurship trends in your region. Did you know that inner Brisbane doubled the number of patent applicants in 2015? Darwin City has almost tripled the number of trademark applications in the same year.

Public consultations

As part of our commitment to improving our agency and the Australian intellectual property system, we regularly call for submissions from the public.

You can stay informed about our public consultations here.

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