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:
20 July 2016

Our new intellectual property rights search systems are going to transform the way you search, and they’re just around the corner….

IP Australia Crest
Published:
15 July 2016

On 13 July, the New Zealand Parliament’s Commerce Select Committee recommended to the New Zealand Parliament that it should not continue with the Single Application and Examination Processes for patents (SAP and SEP). IP Australia is now awaiting a decision on the recommendation from the New Zealand Government.

Published:
12 July 2016

Last year the Full Federal Court clarified principles to be applied to computer implemented business methods and related subject matter. In response, we have updated our patent examination manual and conducted training to provide a more consistent understanding of the law and how it should be applied.

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Wednesday 27th July at 9:00am - Wednesday 27th July at 2:00pm

This half day workshop will cover the basic fundamentals required to access and prepare your business for entering global markets.

Shark Tank
Published:
8 July 2016

There was a touch of fairy dust in the air with deals all round for the final episode of season two of Shark Tank Australia last night. Episode 13, the final for the season gave us a way to grow vegies for those without green thumbs, a tool to tighten the screws on workplace safety and a world of furniture at our fingertips.

Shark Tank
Published:
1 July 2016

Episode 12 gave us a mixed bag including a building solution who’s IP didn’t quite stack up and an alarming solution to over sleeping. It also showed a head lice prevention which left the sharks scratching their heads and a great way for kids to sink their teeth into cooking.

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Published:
1 July 2016

Before introducing a new product or process to the market you should ask yourself two things. Can I protect my invention with a patent? Does my invention infringe someone else's patent?

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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