Australian Intellectual Property Report 2016

Published: 
14 April 2016

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Main findings of the report

It has been a year of growth for IP rights in Australia and demand grew across all four IP rights last year, in line with global trends. In 2015, patent applications grew by 10 per cent, trade marks by 14 per cent (the best growth in a decade), design applications were the highest for any single year on record and applications for plant breeder's rights hit a five-year peak.


  • Non-residents make up 92 per cent of all patent filings. The top three non-resident filers were the US, Japan and Germany
  • The top three destinations for Australians filing patents abroad were the US, the European Patent Office and New Zealand
  • Applications from Australian residents made up 64 per cent of trade mark applications
  • China remains the top destination for Australians filing trade mark applications abroad. This is in line with global trends
  • International applicants filed 53 per cent of the IP right applications received by IP Australia in 2015
  • 2015 was the highest number of design filings on record, a total of 7 024 applications were received
  • PBR applications increased by five per cent; this growth was driven solely by a 14 per cent increase in applications by Australian residents.