Research program

One of the ways we contribute to the Intellectual Property (IP) system and our goal of providing a world leading IP system in Australia is through our research program. Through our research, we seek to advance the knowledge and evidence base upon which IP policy is built.

The aim of our research program is to evaluate the economic impact of various components of the IP system, in order to assist evidence-based policy decisions within IP Australia and other Commonwealth agencies.

Economic research papers:

Our Patent Analytics Hub also produces a range of reports, as a contribution to thinking about patent analysis in general, rather than an indicator of future policy. We also completed more targeted research projects into the market for designs and the medical technology industries in Australia.

Our research procurement plan is published annually, with any new projects announced through our reporting structures.

Academics and service providers who would like to be updated on research tenders can email ipreport@ipaustralia.gov.au

Intellectual Property Government Open Data

In 2014, we issued the first release of IP Government Open Data (IPGOD) with a subsequent releases in 2015 and 2016 and it's this data that contributes to our research papers. These releases made over 100 years of administrative IP data, including patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder's rights publicly and freely available. The data is highly detailed, including information on each aspect of the application process from application through to granting of IP rights.

A new live version of IPGOD, known as IPGOLD is now available through data.gov.au and provides weekly updates of our data.