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14 October 2016

The New Zealand Government has agreed not to continue with the proposed single application and examination processes for patents (SAP and SEP), fol

29 September 2016

We understand that a number of our customers have been affected by the recent power outages in South Australia. 

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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.

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.

Business looking at stats
11 October 2016

We’d like to thank you for participating in our 2016 customer satisfaction survey and helping us understand your opinions on our services. The results will influence what future work we do to enhance your experience with us.

4 October 2016

Businesses tend to think of managing their intellectual property (IP) as something they will eventually get around to, not as a priority to protect their innovation or brand. Here’s news: not acting early or failing to safeguard your IP puts your business at risk.

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29 September 2016

Distinctive colours have become synonymous with the brands they represent; many brands rely on a colour, or a set of colours, as a key factor in their instant recognition, including red for Coca-Co

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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