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:
19 April 2018

Our annual flagship publication, the Australian IP Report, shows 2017 was a strong year for trade mark and design applications. The report sets out trends and analysis on the use of the IP system by Australians in 2017.

Published:
4 April 2018

If you’re a start-up or small business looking to grow your business and expand overseas, you won’t want to miss our first ever IP Summit, Launch to export: take your ideas global.

Published:
29 March 2018

IP Australia is pleased to publish Indigenous Knowledge: Issues for protection and management, a paper by Indigenous intellectual property (IP) firm Terri Janke and Company. This paper explores the relationship between tradition-based knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and issues of IP, cultural heritage and economic empowerment.

Tuesday 24th April at 12:00pm - Tuesday 24th April at 1:00pm

Join us for an introduction to trade mark webinar at 12:00pm on Wednesday 25 April 2018.

IP Summit 2018
Tuesday 1st May at 9:00am - Tuesday 1st May at 5:00pm

Are you a small business with big dreams? We want to help you grow and succeed in Australia and beyond! Join us for the first ever IP Summit, Launch to Export: Take Your Ideas Global.

IP Summit 2018
Tuesday 8th May at 9:00am - Tuesday 8th May at 5:00pm

Are you a small business with big dreams? We want to help you grow and succeed in Australia and beyond! Join us for the first ever IP Summit, Launch to Export: Take Your Ideas Global.

Photo of Jessica May, Dr Sheila Donnelly and Alyce Tran
Published:
8 March 2018

For International Women’s day this year we thought we’d share some top IP tips from three top women in business.

Published:
27 February 2018
If you're an Accountant, encouraging IP protection as part of your client’s overall business model can often be the difference between their success and failure.
James McPhail and Mike Roth at Pause Fest 2018
Published:
21 February 2018

You’ve poured blood, sweat and cash into your innovation or brand so it makes sense you want to protect it. Trade Mark Examiner, James McPhail recently attended the start-up event, Pause Fest 2018, to decode trade marks and shares his top tips from the workshop.

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.

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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