Our research

As part of our goal to continuously improve our products and services, research is one of our core activities. 

What we do

We strive to continuously improve the way we deliver our products and services. Here's some of the things that help us achieve this.

Customer research

To make sure we are providing you with what you need, it's important that you tell us about:

  • your experience with us
  • our products and services.

Join our customer research

Indigenous Knowledge initiatives

We're looking at new ways to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people protect their Indigenous Knowledge (IK). After extensive consultation, we're creating educational resources and a plan to help address the need for greater awareness and understanding about issues relating to IK.

Learn more about our work and how you can get involved.

 Indigenous Knowledge project

Patents initiatives

We're continuously looking for ways to improve your experience with the Australian patents system. We’ve commissioned a ground-breaking research study into the feasibility of a patent co-design process.

Learn more about our project and how you can get involved.

See our patents initiatives

Design initiatives

To make sure we're providing a world class design rights system, we've completely reviewed our existing system to see how we could make it better.

As a result, we now have a simpler application process, an easier way to do searches and legislation changes that give more flexibility to designers. Find out more about our design initiatives and what changes you can expect next.

See our design initiatives

Plant breeder's initiatives

To help support the protection of plant varieties in Australia, we're making some changes to the plant breeder's rights (PBR) system. In consultation with our customers and PBR stakeholders, we're looking at ways of making the system better by exploring Australia’s plant breeding ecosystem and the role of PBR. Find out where we're up to.

Follow our plant breeder's initiatives

Other research

We also conduct research about economic issues related to IP, data analysis and services. 

Data, research and reports

Related content

Office of the Chief Economist

The Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) conducts research into economic issues around intellectual property (IP). We use this research to inform policy decisions within the agency.


Patent analytics

We offer detailed analytics services to help researchers and policy makers make informed, data-driven decisions.  

Trade marks Design rights Patents Plant breeders rights

Open IP data

Our research and data initiatives are supported by publicly accessible data that provides historical details of Australian intellectual property (IP) rights.