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

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News, events and media centre quicktab

Because of Her, We Can! NAIDOC Week 2018
Published:
9 July 2018

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme 'Because of Her, We Can!' recognises the active and significant role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play - at the community, local, state and national levels. We put a spotlight on some of Australia's top indigenous innovators.

Published:
22 June 2018

Update on request received for an extension of duration of Plant Breeder’s Rights

Published:
30 May 2018

As the end of the financial year approaches we often see an increase in reports of false billing and unsolicited invoices being sent to IP rights owners. It is important to know you are NOT obliged to pay their fees.

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Picture of woman assembling a robot
Published:
20 June 2018

Are you a researcher working on an innovative idea, technology or method? Have you considered the commercial potential of your findings? More and more researchers are being encouraged to collaborate and commercialise their intellectual property (IP), but where should they start? 

Published:
30 May 2018

China is one of the largest and fastest growing markets for Australian businesses exporting overseas and despite the lingering horror stories, IP protection in China has improved greatly over the years.

China
Published:
30 May 2018

When expanding to China many businesses assume that their English brand name will automatically have the same appeal in China, but this is not always the case.

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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