Last updated: 
11 May 2018

Ongoing stakeholder engagement improves the way IP Australia works and is a key strategy in IP Australia’s Corporate Plan 2016-2020. IP Australia has established three consultation groups covering the key IP Rights areas. These consultation groups enable stakeholder consultation, discussion and information exchange on issues relating to the Australian IP Rights system which could impact on policy, practice and legislation in Australia.

These consultation groups support IP Australia in the delivery of new and improved services that are responsive to stakeholder needs and that build trust within the industry.

Patents Consultation Group

The Patents Consultation Group is the principal forum for consultation, discussion and information exchange on issues relating to the Australian patent system which could impact on patent policy, practice and legislation in Australia. Patents Consultation Group meetings are usually held three times a year.

Group members:

  • Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys (IPTA) of Australia
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys of Australia (FICPI)
  • Law Council of Australia (LCA)
  • New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys (NZIPA)

Contact: MDB-Patents-Consultation-Group@ipaustralia.gov.au

Trade Marks and Designs Consultation Group

The Trade Marks & Designs Consultation Group is the principal forum for consultation, discussion and information exchange on issues relating to the Australian trade marks and designs systems which could impact on trade marks and designs policy, practice and legislation in Australia. Trade Marks & Designs Consultation Group meetings are usually held twice a year.

Group members:

  • Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys (IPTA) of Australia;
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys of Australia (FICPI);
  • Law Council of Australia (LCA); 
  • New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys (NZIPA); and
  • International Trademark Association (INTA).

Contact: MDB-TMDCG@ipaustralia.gov.au

Plant Breeder’s Rights Consultation Group

The Plant Breeder’s Rights Consultation Group is a principal forum for consultation, discussion and information exchange on issues relating to the Australian Plant Breeder’s Rights system, which could impact on plant breeder’s rights policy, practice and legislation in Australia. Plant Breeder’s Rights Consultation Group meetings are usually held twice a year.

Group members:

  • Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA) - Brad Sherman;
  • Australian Cultivar Registration Authority (ACRA) - Paul Carmen; 
  • Australian Seed Federation (ASF) - Tim Pepper;
  • Horticulture Innovation Association (HIA) - David Moore;
  • Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) - Trevor Davies;
  • Law Council of Australia (LCA) - Andrew Christie;
  • Nursery and Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) - Peter Vaughan;
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) - Richard Richards;
  • Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Usha Sriram-Prasad;
  • National Farmers Federation (NFF) - Ron Osmond; and
  • Qualified Persons - Leanne Gillies and Don Loch.                                            

Contact:  MDB-PBR-ConsultationGroup@ipaustralia.gov.au

Previously consultation on Plant Breeder’s Rights was undertaken by the Plant Breeder’s Rights Advisory Committee (PBRAC), which was a statutory body established to advise the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science and the Registrar of Plant Breeder’s Rights on technical issues.

In March 2014 the National Commission of Audit recommended that the functions of the PBRAC be considered for consolidation into the portfolio department. As such, the PBRAC has been replaced with a non-statutory consultative group (the Plant Breeder’s Rights Consultation Group), supported by IP Australia, to provide advice on PBR matters. This has enabled a more flexible approach to consultation and a broader membership.

Past consultations and work completed by the PBRAC