Our BETA website is here – what do you think?

We’re redesigning our website to create a better online experience that helps you quickly understand the intellectual property application process, make decisions easily and transact with us efficiently.

Our BETA website is a way for us to test new ideas and get you involved in our continuous development. With your help, we can change the website in all the right ways and deliver real improvements.

What do you think?

We want the redevelopment of our website to be collaborative, so please tell us what you think. We would particularly like feedback on:

  • ease of navigation
  • new structure of information
  • tone, language and style of the content
  • look and feel of the design.

We also welcome your ideas for further enhancements. So while you’re here, get involved and leave a comment:

Our BETA website is evolving every day, so please do not be alarmed if content is missing or parts of the design do not look quite right. We’ll keep working on it with you right up until we launch the final version.

Explore our BETA website.

23 February 2016


The site is looking fantastic. I really like the fresh feel - lots of space. When will the site be launched in full?

Hi Nathan. Great to hear that you like the look of the site. To answer your question, the full site will be launched this April.

I have been through the interview process. The interviewer was very impressed with my thoughts and thanked me for my input. He asked me to supply more information. Its ironical that IPAustralia does not want me to raise issues that are not on their direct agenda. If you want the input of others why dont you allow freedom of speech and a two way exchange of ideas and information on your Facebook site?

Thanks for your feedback on our BETA website. We really appreciate the time you took to participate in our website research. We value feedback and a two-way exchange of ideas through appropriate channels. We have many channels available for sharing and exchanging ideas – including social media for information sharing to direct feedback forms on specific issues.

On one hand, the new site solves the biggest problem I had with the existing website - namely, that, to get to search modules, when you click search, the old site took you to information about search where you had to read through pages to find the link to the place to actually do the search. This old problem, the new site solves very well, taking you to the search page. But it creates the opposite problem, of making it difficult find the information pages. I am very experienced with websites, and have designed some websites, and so I think through usability issues. I am a patent attorney, and after a minute of whizzing around I could not find the pages where I could find out the official fees of patent matters. It was not looking systematically, but more as a typical web surfer looking for highlights that could immediately get me where I wanted to go. I did not find those. Of course, if I diligently search for it, I am sure I'd eventually find it, but what I'm saying is that it did not jump out at me.

Thanks for the feedback Roger. We’re glad that you like how the search links on the new site take you directly to the various IP searches. We plan to have information on the site about how to search, and will make sure it is easy to find. To address the second half of your comment – we are uploading content to the new site gradually and so it may not have been present at the time of your comment. However, you should now be able to find it.

The search functions are unchanged. Search functionality needs to urgently be addressed ahead of reskinning (prettying) your static website content. When I heard that the site had been updated, I was excited until I tried to search and the same brain-dead search interface was presented as usual. Very disappointing.

Hi Mark. We agree that our search functionalities need some attention and these will be the focus of future work. At the moment, our goal is to make the entire IP journey (not just search) easier for our users. Our research has revealed areas where the previous site was lacking, which has led to this new BETA site with improved content and site design.

I have issues with the Accessiblity of the new site. Many of the links are only visible if I mouse over them - so I have to guess whether or not Headings link to something, also if I tab to the next link or control there's no visual indicator for what just got focus. While the new pages is not as busy - the amount of content means I may have to scroll past many articles in the hope of finding something I want - relying on the search box get want I want is sketchy.

Thanks for drawing our attention to these issues Scott. We are currently looking into colours and styles to make links more obvious and will make sure we include your views. We will also be fixing focus to make sure links are highlighted when tabbing through a page. Whilst pages have a large amount of content, this is a deliberate effort on our behalf to limit the number of pages a user has to click through to find information. In these instances, and where needed, we have included links at the top of the page that automatically scroll to various sections on the page.

Much cleaner interface, with the highly used parts placed with useful prominence. It is quicker and easier to use. One easy to find link gets me to the trade mark search link, which is helpful, although it would be better if there were "TM" "P" "D" and "PBR" direct search buttons on the front page so it could be a one-click search experience.

That’s great to hear Aaron! Making the site more efficient was a key goal of this work. When the full site is operational, you will be able to hover over each IP right in the menu to bring up useful links, including search.

Great to see the new site up and running. Thanks also for the one-click search buttons on the front page. Great work!

Hey guys site looks great. Any chance of an API for people to use to search your databases? Data.gov info is outdated

Hi Johnie. We are redeveloping all the search systems and can confirm that they will allow APIs. You may also like to know that we have just released a new data set call IPGold, which will be updated every week.

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Since there is no such thing as an International Patent, I do not think that the web site should have a section titled "Applying for an International Patent"

Thanks for this feedback. The content in the patent section (including the page ‘Applying for an International Patent’) has been taken straight from our existing site. We agree that the title could be better. It will be updated in the near future and we will incorporate your feedback at that time.

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