Published: 
24 April 2020

We’re pleased to announce the eighth edition of the Australian Intellectual Property (IP) Report is now available.

The IP Report 2020 provides an overview of what’s happening in IP in Australia and this year our theme is the digital economy, which is synonymous with information and communications technology (ICT), and research on how businesses with IP perform in Australia. We also provide interactive data visualisations that allow you to engage with the data directly.

Some report highlights include:

  • Businesses with IP Rights live on average 5 years longer, have an average of more than 10 times as many staff, and have double the average profitability per employee as firms without IP Rights. Those firms who hold patents and trade marks, have four times the profitability.
  • 2018 was a record year for applications filed at IP Australia and our data shows a slight decline in numbers of applications in 2019.
  • The United States, China, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom are the top five countries of origin for patent applications filed in Australia in 2019. There was a 46% year-on-year growth in standard patent applications originating from China.
  • ICT-related design applications have effectively trebled in the past decade and almost doubled their share of total applications. This may reflect increasing design innovation activity overall in Australia’s digital economy.

By stimulating public discussion on IP through this report we aim to provide a forum for engagement. In this spirit, we welcome your comments, suggestions and questions.