About us

 

We are the Australian Government agency that administers intellectual property (IP) rights and legislation relating to patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder's rights.

Our vision is to have a world leading IP system that builds prosperity for Australia.

What we do

We administer IP rights and legislation relating to patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder's rights. We contribute to the innovation system more broadly by using our skills and experience to advise government and Australian businesses to make the most of their IP.

Agency overview

 

Our vision is to have a world leading IP system that builds prosperity for Australia.

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Data and research

 

We provide valuable insights through our research to academics, business and policy makers.

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Doing business with us

 

We are committed to creating an effective, efficient and accessible IP rights system.

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Global engagement

 

We work with a range of international agencies to build and strengthen the IP rights system.

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News and community

Stay up to date with intellectual property in the media and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

News, events and media centre quicktab

Published:
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.

Published:
11 August 2016

IP Australia has made the decision to decommission PCT-SAFE as a mode of filing PCT applications. The withdrawal of this mode of filing will take effect on 1 September 2016.

Published:
8 August 2016

Valuing your intellectual property (IP), protecting your creative business from copycats and what makes an investor friendly start-up are just some

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Tuesday 20th September at 6:00pm - Tuesday 20th September at 7:30pm

Almost every business has a trade mark of some sort – in its words, logos or slogans, or a combination. Our trade marks workshop explains the basics behind trade mark protection and helps you understand how to protect your brand.

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.

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Published:
19 August 2016

There’s been a bit in in the media lately about current design laws being costly and out of date.

Published:
10 August 2016

In the first six months of 2016, we revamped and released a new website to the general public. Many changes were made to the content, design and structure of the site.

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Published:
10 August 2016

The interactive National Innovation Map has been updated!
This tool can help you unlock innovation and entrepreneurship trends in your region. Did you know that inner Brisbane doubled the number of patent applicants in 2015? Darwin City has almost tripled the number of trademark applications in the same year.

Careers

If you get excited by creativity, innovation and breakthrough technologies, you should consider applying for a job at IP Australia.

Current vacancies

Some things you should know about applying for a job with us, such as whether you are eligible, how to prepare an application and how to include referee reports.

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Careers

We offer a flexible workplace and rewarding career paths in the IP Industry. Our employment conditions are very competitive and we provide a range of programs to support staff in their work/life balance.

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Indigenous recruitment

We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples and are constantly looking for ways to increase the numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff in our organisation.

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Accountability and reporting

We are committed to ensuring accountability and transparency in the way we operate and in our procurement activities.

Freedom of information

 

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) gives any person the right to our information, unless exempted by the FOI Act.

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Reporting fraud

 

We are committed to minimising the incidence of fraud against our operations and will not tolerate any fraudulent practices.

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IP legislation

 

We administer IP legislation that provides the legislative basis for the patent, trade mark, design and plant breeder's rights systems of Australia.

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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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