Last updated: 
30 April 2019

Attorney Placement Program

Here at IP Australia we have a focus on the development of our staff and stakeholders. Our Attorney Placement Program gives IP Australia staff the opportunity of a secondment at an IP attorney firm. The program offers a learning opportunity gain experience and build a better understanding of business and enables IP Australia and firms to build and maintain better working relationships. This program is offered to IP Australia staff seeking a secondment at an attorney firm and IP professionals who wish to participate in a brief secondment at IP Australia.

The program:

  • provides professional development opportunities for participants
  • builds understanding and capability for IP Australia, firms and participants
  • develops a greater understanding of the roles and contribution of IP Australia and firms
  • builds a shared understanding of goals and business objectives to enhance collaboration

IP Australia staff participating in the program will look at the role of IP within the host firm, take part in their business activities, and gain valuable insight into working in the IP profession. IP professionals, will get to work between various areas of IP Australia to see firsthand how we manage the administration and examination of IP Rights. During the placement, participants will be exposed to the processes and procedures of the host organisation, offering opportunities to identify improvements that can be implemented for a better IP system in Australia.

What to expect

  • Placements with host organisations will be subject to availability and can be for a period of 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Travel expenses and any other associated expenses are at the cost of the participant and/or participant's employer
  • Placements are only available within Australia.
  • Placements may occur at any time and are subject to negotiation between parties.
  • Prior to the placement, the host organisation will provide the secondee with an overview of the organisation such as a company profile or operating model, as well as a placement itinerary.
  • All participants are required to sign an IP Australia Secondment Agreement
  • It is the responsibility of the secondee to ensure that there are no conflicts of interest with any work undertaken during or after the placement.
  • IP Australia staff secondees are expected to provide a presentation/report of the experience and lessons learned during their placement. This must be completed within 3 months of placement completion and provided to both their supervisor of the host organisation and IP Australia.
  • Visiting attorneys must meet all relevant IP Australia security clearance policies regarding building access, IT systems access, and any other specified access (with minimum lead times required).

How to be involved

Attorney firms or IP professionals are invited to email iptec-ctt@ipaustralia.gov.au to flag an interest. Your email will be forwarded to the relevant IP Australia business groups for assessment and approval.

Once approved, we will coordinate with participants and relevant IP Australia business groups to arrange the secondment.

Industry Placement Program

At IP Australia, investment in the development of our staff and stakeholders is paramount. The Industry Placement Program aims to build the capabilities of staff and stakeholders by providing an opportunity for a secondment at an organisation with a strong IP focus. The purpose of the Industry Placement Program is to:

  • provide professional development opportunities for participants
  • facilitate open communication between IP Australia and organisations
  • develop a greater understanding of the roles and contribution of IP Australia and organisations
  • build a shared understanding of goals and business objectives to enhance collaboration

The Industry Placement Program aims to provide IP Australia staff with the opportunity to refresh and/or build technical expertise in their professional field. In addition, the program provides the opportunity to see first-hand the application and use of intellectual property by organisations, including the processes and practices they have in place when dealing with IP Australia.

IP Australia staff participating in the program will look at the role of IP within the host organisation, take part in their business activities, and gain insight into the requirements of working in the organisation. Host organisations will have a chance to understand how IP Australia manages the administration and examination of IP Rights. The Program is also a great opportunity for collaboration and networking between the host organisation and IP Australia.

During the placement, participants will be exposed to the processes and procedures of the host organisation, offering opportunities to identify improvements that can be implemented for a better IP system in Australia.

What to expect

  • Placements within host organisations will be subject to availability and can be for a period of 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Travel expenses and any other associated expenses are at the cost of the participant's employer, IP Australia.
  • Placements are only available within Australia.
  • Placements may occur at any time and are subject to negotiation between the host organisation and IP Australia.
  • Prior to the placement, the host organisation will provide the secondee with an overview of the organisation such as a company profile or operating model, as well as a placement itinerary.
  • All participants are required to sign an IP Australia Secondment Agreement prior to commencement.
  • It is the responsibility of the secondee to ensure that there are no conflicts of interest with any work undertaken during or after the placement.
  • IP Australia staff secondees are expected to provide a presentation/report of the experience and lessons learned during their placement. This must be completed within 3 months of placement completion and provided to both their supervisor of the host organisation and IP Australia.

How to be involved

Organisations are invited to email iptec-ctt@ipaustralia.gov.au to flag an interest. Your email will be forwarded to the relevant IP Australia business groups for assessment and approval.

Once approved, IP Australia will then coordinate with participants and relevant IP Australia business groups to arrange the secondment.