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 September 2019

On 13 September 2019, the Full Court of the Federal Court issued their decision in Encompass Corporation Pty Ltd v InfoTrack Pty Ltd [2019] FCAFC 161. 

Published:
16 September 2019

 

Published:
4 September 2019

We are experiencing a significant increase in the number of trade mark application filings.

Tuesday 1st October at 12:00pm - Tuesday 1st October at 1:00pm

Our trade marks webinar explains the basics of trade mark protection, what can and can’t be trade marked and what to consider before you invest in your brand. You will also learn how to register for a trade mark should you decide to apply.

China webinar- 11 October
Friday 11th October at 12:00pm - Friday 11th October at 1:00pm

Join David Bennett, IP Counsellor to China and guest speaker Oliver Lutze, Principal and China Country Manager at Spruson & Ferguson, for a webinar on patent protection in China. This technical webinar is intended to help Australian patent attorneys understand the Chinese patent system, and use it more effectively.

Wednesday 16th October at 12:00pm - Wednesday 16th October at 1:00pm

If you have an idea worth protecting our patents webinar will help you to understand what you need to know to protect your product or invention.

Published:
19 March 2019

In order to understand the impact of legal decisions such as D'Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc. [2015] HCA 35 (‘Myriad’) on genetic diagnostic testing, IP Australia commissioned the Centre for Law and Genetics at the University of Tasmania to undertake an investigation into this area.

WIPO fellow 2018 Janette Yeung
Published:
20 December 2018

It’s the people that make any workplace a success. That’s why we’ve decided to run a short series where we focus the spotlight on some of our remarkable staff. Here we feature this year’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Fellowship recipient Janette Yeung.

Electric wave
Published:
29 November 2018

We take you through the technical details of the second edition release of IPGOD 2018 and our new data product IPLORD.

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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