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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.

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23 September 2016

The Australian Embassy Beijing is seeking applications from a suitably qualified Legal Officer to support Australia's first IP Counsellor in China at the Australian Embassy in Beijing.

Source IP
21 September 2016

We’ve recently made improvements to Source IP, our free digital marketplace which helps researchers and businesses connect.

Thursday 10th November at 9:00am - Thursday 10th November at 7:00pm

This one-day event will take IPBC’s core themes of IP value creation and strategic IP management and discuss these in the context of the Australian and New Zealand markets. The focus of the event is that intellectual property is much more than simply a legal right; in fact, it is a fundamental business asset.

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.

19 September 2016

You can now maximise your educational, business and networking opportunities by combining two world-class events in a single trip, with the inaugural IP Business Congress Australasia (IPBC) and the annual OECD-driven conference: IP Statistics for Decision Makers (IPSDM).

IP is for everyone
16 September 2016

Every day you come into contact with products that have protected intellectual property (IP). Whether it’s the brand of your bread, the armchair you sit in, the car you drive, or the shoes you wear. IP is everywhere. If you’re unsure how IP affects you, we’ve put together some of the basics many professions will want to know.

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5 September 2016

IP protection is an important business and can make or break your business. As we see more and more Australian businesses take their inventions overseas, it’s important to ensure protection of their ideas and inventions in foreign markets.

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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