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:
17 September 2020

The misuse of Indigenous Knowledge including art, culture, language or adopting a similar style is offensive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It can undermine cultural practices and affect the economic opportunities available for authentic products.

Published:
14 September 2020

The Australian Government, and in turn IP Australia is taking this issue seriously, activating necessary precautions in line with our Business Continuity Plan (BCP).

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Published:
8 September 2020

As we continue to strive to better serve our customers, we have developed a new online training suite to support qualified persons (QP) accredited to oversee plant breeder’s rights (PBR) applications in Australia.

Australian Government
Wednesday 30th September at 12:00pm - Wednesday 30th September at 1:00pm

This webinar will provide an update on the Australia- European Union Free Trade Agreement negotiations and information on the consultation process.

Australian Government
Tuesday 13th October at 12:00pm - Thursday 22nd October at 1:00pm

We are hosting four roundtables as part of the Australian Government public consultation on a possible new way to protect geographical indications (GIs).

Understanding Designs webinar
Wednesday 14th October at 12:00pm - Wednesday 14th October at 1:00pm

Our understanding designs webinar will explain how a registered design will help you to protect the look of your product. It will also give you the tools you need to help you apply for a design.

Advanced Trade Marks Enforcement webinar
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Applying for a trade mark is a great way to give your business a leg up but it’s important to protect it afterwards as well.

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In this webinar you'll hear from the team about:

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You've got a trade mark, but what if it's being challenged?

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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Beta products

View and give feedback on IP Australia's systems and decisions before they are released.

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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.

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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