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If you’re an innovative small to medium business we’re making it easier for you to navigate the patent system.

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12 July 2021

Are you thinking about importing plant varieties from overseas? Or do you just want to learn more about protecting your new variety? We have some great advice for you.

12 July 2021

The recent Federal Court decision in Ono Pharmaceutical Co, Ltd v Commissioner of Patents [2021] FCA 643 (11 June 20

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30 June 2021

Restrictive trade measures are increasing across G20 countries. Growing and diversifying Australia’s exports is crucial to ensuring our future as a result. Our latest research shows how Australian manufacturers use IP. In particular, how they diversify exports, navigate trade barriers and seize market opportunities.

Wednesday 18th August at 10:00am - Wednesday 18th August at 11:00am

Your brand is your identity. It’s how your customers know who you are – your business name, logo or catchy slogan.
In this workshop with the Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre we will explain the basics of trade mark protection, what can and can’t be trade marked, and what to consider before you invest in your brand.

Sunday 5th December

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Understanding plant breeder's rights

Are you developing a new plant variety? You may want to protect your IP with a plant breeder’s right (PBR).  


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.

You can also view our Policy Register which contains a list of issues that IP Australia is considering or currently working on for policy action or legislative amendment. We invite you to view the register, comment on issues or submit new issues for us to consider.

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Last updated: 
27 July 2020