16 April 2015

In the report, we found that there were no unifying trends in how the Australian IP rights system was used during 2014. This serves to highlight that there are a range of different factors, both domestic and international, that influence filings.

Some key highlights include:

  • Australian residents are the largest filers in three of the four rights: trade marks, designs and plant breeder’s rights.
  • The US is the second largest filer across the remaining IP rights, excluding patents, where Australia is the second largest filer.
  • The top three destinations for Australians filing patents abroad were the US (41 per cent), European Patent Office (nine per cent) and China (seven per cent).
  • Applications for plant breeder’s rights and trade marks increased relative to 2013, while applications for design and patent rights decreased

Coinciding with the launch of the Australian IP Report 2015, we have also published the second release of the IP Government Open Data. Using this information, a range of interactive graphs have been developed, which visualise applications so you can see what innovation is occurring by geographic location – by country, state or postcode.

The Australian IP Report 2015 was launched by The Hon. Karen Andrews, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science. View the media release for further information. 

For more information on the Australian IP Report 2015 and to access our interactive tools, visit