20 April 2017

Anzac Day, 25 April, goes beyond the anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in 1915. It‘s the day on which we remember Australians who served and lost their lives in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.

Australians who fought in World War I included 14 employees of the original Patent Office - one of whom, Major J.W Hamilton, lost his life in the Gallipoli campaign on 27 April 1915.

For many of us here at IP Australia, Anzac Day is a day where we remember and honour the service stories passed down through generations.

These stories often include the innovation and creativity we saw during this time.

100 years of IP rights since WWI

In sharing the connection between IP rights and World War I (WWI), we have developed and published a suite of stories on how designs, trade marks and patents aided the war effort on both the battle and home fronts, looking at how this innovation went on to influence Australian society.

The findings of this research tell stories of IP rights including designs, trade marks and patents during WWI, and describe how innovation aided the war effort both abroad and at home. Stories include:

These discoveries of IP rights during the WWI era are a testament to the creativity, ingenuity and innovation of Australian men and women.

One discovery in our research findings was that A.A. Holdsworth, the owner of the first registered design, also had a rich and decorated career in the Australian Imperial Force, having served in World War I (WWI).

The research drew from a variety of sources, including our historical information and records, government agencies including the Australian War Memorial, National Archives of Australia, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, State libraries and other publicly available material and records of that time. We thank all of those involved in this research project.

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