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Engaging an attorney toolkit

Everything you need to know about engaging an attorney for your patent application.

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Indigenous Knowledge: Issues for protection and management

Indigenous Knowledge

IP Australia is pleased to publish Indigenous Knowledge: Issues for protection and management, a paper by Indigenous intellectual property (IP) firm Terri Janke and Company.

Indigenous Knowledge Article

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Because of Her, We Can! NAIDOC Week 2018
9 July 2018

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme 'Because of Her, We Can!' recognises the active and significant role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play - at the community, local, state and national levels. We put a spotlight on some of Australia's top indigenous innovators.

22 June 2018

Update on request received for an extension of duration of Plant Breeder’s Rights

30 May 2018

As the end of the financial year approaches we often see an increase in reports of false billing and unsolicited invoices being sent to IP rights owners. It is important to know you are NOT obliged to pay their fees.

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Picture of woman assembling a robot
20 June 2018

Are you a researcher working on an innovative idea, technology or method? Have you considered the commercial potential of your findings? More and more researchers are being encouraged to collaborate and commercialise their intellectual property (IP), but where should they start? 

30 May 2018

China is one of the largest and fastest growing markets for Australian businesses exporting overseas and despite the lingering horror stories, IP protection in China has improved greatly over the years.

30 May 2018

When expanding to China many businesses assume that their English brand name will automatically have the same appeal in China, but this is not always the case.

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.

We have also published a beta version of a register of issues that IP Australia is considering or working on for policy action or legislative amendment. You can view the register, comment on individual issues or submit new issues.

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