Trialling innovative machine learning for our patent examination directions process

From May 2021 we are trialling an innovative machine learning model to improve our patent directions process, that is the process where patent applicants are directed to request examination. The trial involves using a machine learning model to assist in the prioritisation of directions based on an applicant’s circumstances.

The intent of the model is to direct applications for examination when an applicant’s IP strategy is more developed. With this aim we expect to help customers navigate the patent examination process more efficiently. The model may change the order of directions by focusing on applications that are considered more likely to be ready for examination, but the model will not change the overall directions process.

This trial follows a review of our patent search and examination processes. The directions process was identified as one of the key opportunities to provide improved customer service to applicants and greater internal efficiency through artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions.

The trial will continue until June 2022 and will be assessed on an ongoing basis to determine sustainability of the solution. To inform these assessments we are seeking feedback from our customers.


Designs Review Project


IP Australia has begun a holistic review of the designs ecosystem in Australia: the Designs Review Project. We want to better understand what drives design innovation, and how the registered designs system contributes to the Australian economy. By doing this we will identify where the design system could better support Australian innovation and propose pathways for doing so.


Smart Trade Mark


Smart Trade Mark is an initiative being trialled to modernise trade marks, enabling brands to better protect themselves against misuse and counterfeit. The Smart Trade Mark platform allows trade mark owners to connect digitally to the government register to prove they are the authentic owner of a brand. This enables the trade mark owner to authenticate products or services, marketplaces, and supply chains – by digitally linking them to a trade mark. We are currently working with industry and government partners on several trial projects..


IP Data Platform


The IP Data Platform enables researchers and policy makers to investigate and interrogate data in a powerful cloud-based analytical environment to make decisions and to create economic and policy insights involving IP rights, trade and innovation. It currently contains domestic datasets, IP Government Open Data and IP Longitudinal Research Data, and international data on patents and trade marks, including our latest TM-Link dataset. Researchers can compare data within and across these data collections and add their own data to deepen the insights generated.

IP Australia is inviting members of the IP community, including IP offices, researchers and attorney firms, to participate in a free trial of the platform so that together we can build a connected IP data community that solves common data challenges. To find out more about this exciting initiative and how to get involved please visit




We have launched a simple, secure, scalable and cloud hosted service (Amazon Web Services) to expose Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine learning (ML) tools to third parties including other Intellectual Property Offices.

The service can be likened to an app store or marketplace and will encompass three core elements; a Platform / Store, AI/ML tool access via Web Browser and / or Application Program Interface (API) and AI/ML tool Source Code repository for sharing, licensing and co-development. IP Australia and third parties will be able to expose, host and provide access to their AI/ML tools on the platform.

The IP ecosystem is relatively niche, with a bespoke set of problems. Presently multiple offices work independently to solve business problems leading to significant duplicated effort across the industry. The development of AI/ML tools that support our work require many resources from financial and people to data and technology integration, not all Intellectual Property Offices have access to these. In developing IPGAIN our intent is to enable access to and accelerate the development of Cognitive Computing solutions to support use cases in the IP ecosystem whilst reducing duplication, avoiding redundancy, encouraging collaboration and novel approaches through co-development opportunities.




The TM-Link dataset is the newest addition to the IP Platform and contains trade mark data from Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. TM-Link provides the ability to link data at the unit level (individual application level), which has not previously been available, and to compare these data with external datasets (e.g. industry and trade data) for the first time. 

TM-Link has been produced through collaboration between IP Australia, Swinburne University of Technology and Melbourne University. For more information please visit



Connecting you anytime & anywhere

IP Australia has commenced work to develop an all in one space collaboration platform. IPOcollab will allow all IP Offices and their guests to collaborate informally across the world at any time and anywhere. IPOcollab bridges the gap between offices for knowledge and expertise sharing, joint projects and initiatives through chat, video conferencing and document management.


Policy Register

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To enhance transparency and public engagement in policy making, IP Australia has published a list of issues that we are considering or working on for policy action or legislative amendment. The publication of this list, known as the Policy Register, is a new initiative by IP Australia, consistent with the Australian Government’s first Open Government National Action Plan.

A beta release of the Policy Register is now available and we would encourage you to provide feedback. You can email, or use the online feedback forms in the Policy Register. The beta release trial period will run until 16 March 2018, after which we will review the register’s functionality and appearance in response to any issues raised.