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

15 May 2018

Our flagship open data resource, the Intellectual Property Government Open Data (IPGOD), has just had its

Trade Mark Assist screens
4 May 2018
We've launched Trade Mark Assist, a tool that can help you through the process of protecting your brand in a few easy steps: Learn, search, apply.
3 May 2018

We’re migrating our older electronic patent records in our backend systems as part of an ongoing program of work to modernise and

Wednesday 30th May at 12:00pm - Wednesday 30th May at 1:00pm

IP Australia is holding an introductory designs workshop via webinar. At 12:00pm on Wednesday 30 May 2018

Wednesday 6th June at 12:00pm - Wednesday 6th June at 1:00pm

IP Australia is holding an introductory IP workshop via webinar. At 12:00pm on Wednesday 6 June 2018

Thursday 21st June at 12:00pm - Thursday 21st June at 1:00pm

IP Australia is holding an introductory trade marks workshop via webinar. At 12:00pm on Thursday 21 June 2018

9 May 2018

In this guest blog post, John Catibog from Indagard tells us how he came up with a unique name for his business, and some tips for others looking to do the same.

9 May 2018
To build your business for success, setting yourself apart from others is vital. Your brand is the way you show your customers who you are – your identity. However, what many people don’t know is to have full control over your brand you need to protect it with a trade mark.
Kathryn Adams
26 April 2018

For World IP day this year, we are featuring various women who are ‘powering change’ by making valuable contributions to the Intellectual Property and innovation sector.


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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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.

View policy register

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