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Christmas close-down dates

In accordance with the relevant intellectual property rights legislation, the Canberra office will not be open for business from Monday 25 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018.

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11 December 2017

Our office will be closing for Christmas from 5 pm Friday 22 December 2017, reopening on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

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28 November 2017

The recently launched World Intellectual Property Report 2017 focuses on intangible capital (including intellectual property) in global value chains.

16 November 2017

In partnership with Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Melbourne, IP Australia has developed a single, internationally-linked

Wednesday 13th December at 12:00pm - Wednesday 13th December at 1:00pm

Join us for an introductory designs workshop via webinar. At 12:00pm on Wednesday 13 December 2017

Wednesday 7th February at 12:00pm - Wednesday 7th February at 1:00pm

Join us for an introductory IP workshop via webinar. At 12:00pm on Wednesday 7 February 2018.

Tuesday 27th February at 12:00pm - Tuesday 27th February at 1:00pm

Join us for an introduction to trade mark webinar at 12:00pm on Tuesday 27 February 2018

8 December 2017

“Software is eating itself”, that was the theme of StartCon 2017.

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29 November 2017

There’s no shortage of famous personalities who are strongly associated with iconic styles, moments or items which have come to define their personal brands. But despite the inherent value of these signature aspects, can they be protected as registered trade marks?

Written by guest blogger Natalie Chapman, Managing Director at gemaker
20 November 2017

Natalie Chapman, Managing Director of commercialisation consultancy, gemaker, shares her insights in this guest blog.

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.

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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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