Patents initiatives

We're continuously looking for ways to improve your experience with the Australian patents system. Here’s what we’ve done so far and what we’re doing next.

Patent co-design project

As part of our commitment to building the intellectual property (IP) system of the future, we’ve commissioned a ground-breaking research study into the feasibility of a patent co-design process.

Why we started

We wanted to find out whether we could create co-design opportunities with applicants, attorneys and us.

Our goal is to develop a more collaborative patenting process that still produces high quality and timely patents, and leverages new technologies — making the process easier and cheaper for our customers.

Who we spoke to

On 1 December 2022, we invited forty IP and business leaders from industry, the IP profession, and key IP Australia staff members to participate in this study.

What we did

We investigated how we can work together to develop patent specifications through the drafting, application, examination, amendment, and acceptance stages.

Feasibility study

This study is a step towards a more adaptive, accessible patent system that's fit for the future needs of businesses.


30 interviews were completed at the beginning of 2023.

What we're doing next

Stakeholder interviews and analysis will continue throughout 2023, and we'll be holding focus groups to contribute to the discussion.

We'll then look at the concept and feasibility aspects of our research, including further consultation.

Have your say!

We'd love to hear from you so get in touch with our research team at

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