How to become an examiner
IP Australia is a Government agency with a passion for bright ideas. We offer a flexible workplace and rewarding career paths in the IP industry. If you get excited by creativity, innovation and breakthrough technologies, you should consider applying for a job with us. We offer stimulating jobs with strong career paths in the exciting and fast-growing world of Intellectual Property.
A patent examiner works in an office, examining Australian and international patent applications. The role includes assessing detailed written descriptions of inventions and associated claims to determine whether the application meets the legislative requirements of the Patents Act 1990.
Examination work is performed independently and as part of a small team; however, examiners must take responsibility for and manage their own work, meet set targets, and perform other search, examination and administrative tasks to achieve other team or organisational goals.
A patent examiner uses a variety of examination tools including, but not limited to, in-house and worldwide patent and technical databases, procedural manuals, legislation and their own intellectual capabilities and technical knowledge.
Trade mark examiner
A trade mark examiner reviews trade mark applications to make sure they meet the requirements for registration under the Trade Marks Act 1995. In doing so, trade mark examiners are among the first people to see new developments in technology and marketing.
Trade mark examiners search for trade marks that have been applied for previously, using online resources. Examination research tools are primarily electronic and include in-house and external databases, procedural manuals, legislation, court decisions and other legal resources, as well as the examiner's own intellectual capabilities and technical knowledge.
Examination work is performed independently and as part of a small team; however, examiners must take responsibility for and management of their own work, meet set targets, and perform other search, examination and administrative tasks to achieve other team or organisational goals.
Examination work is office-based, and intensively keyboard and screen-based. Examiners spend most of their time sitting or standing at an adjustable workstation, working at a computer. Most of the work involves repetitive hand/arm actions, and fine hand coordination. The work involves fine visual attention to detail and concentration. Applicants with musculo-skeletal or visual vulnerabilities are requested to contact the contact officer to receive more detail about the inherent requirements of the work, including the availability of reasonable adjustments.
As your career as a trade mark examiner progresses, your teamwork will expand to include supervision, mentoring and coaching responsibilities.
Working with us
We encourage work-life balance too, which means that while you work hard, there is also flexibility for you to spend time doing the things you like to do, outside of work.
We provide equal opportunity to employees through our Workplace Diversity Program and encourage applications from Indigenous peoples.
We are committed to embedding acknowledgement of and respect for Australia’s First Peoples and are constantly looking for ways to increase the numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff in our organisation.
Work Experience Program
We are committed to supporting students from the ACT Region in their studies and transition into working life through the IP Australia Work Experience Program (WEP). The program is facilitated by the Department of Education and Training and is based upon the ACT-WEX program guidelines and requirements 2015.
Applications are open to all ACT region based students in year 9 to 12.