Last updated: 
20 July 2018

Alexandra: We get applications in from all over Australia, and the world, and we decide whether the trade marks are in line with the Trade Mark Act. My name is Alexandra and I am a trade mark examiner at IP Australia.

Alex: Currently I’m a trainee at IP Australia. I’m learning all the skills required to become a trade mark examiner. I’m going through extensive training that involves learning each part of the Trade Mark Act. My name’s Alex Murray and I work at IP Australia as a trade mark examiner.

Era: A typical day at IP Australia examining trade marks would be looking at what tasks you have for the day, looking at emails, if you have any all staff meetings, or any activities that are going around in the organisation. My name is Era and I’m a trade mark examiner at IP Australia.

Marc: While the process of examination remains the same, the content is different in terms of what the trade mark is, what the claim is for, and how we go about researching it. My name is Marc O’Neill and I’m a trade mark examiner at IP Australia.

Era: You have some black and white decisions, for example checking if the owner is able to legally hold property. But then there’s subjective decisions as well which are somewhat grey.

Alexandra: We’re asking questions like is this trade mark descriptive? Do other traders need to genuinely use this trade mark in their course of trade? Does someone else already have this trade mark out there or a trade mark that’s quite similar to this one?

Era: After completing the assessment we communicate the results of the trade mark examination to the applicants. We do that either on the phone or we do it in writing.

Marc: Analysis and decision making is such a big part of this job. We do a lot of consultation and we do a lot of meetings and sessions with other examiners, with some of the subject matter experts.

Alexandra: There’s actually a real life application to what we’re doing here so I find it really cool when I go to the shops and I actually see a trade mark that I might have examined and approved the other week there on the shelf and it kind of makes me remember that there actually is somebody behind the screen who is applying for these trade marks and I actually have been part of their journey.

Alex: What I like most about my job is probably the people and just being able to bounce ideas off other people that I work with.

Alexandra: We have a great team culture. You have a group around you, you have a trade mark family if you will, that will help you and you can consult with them on difficult decisions that you have.

Marc: I really like the environment and the people that I’ve come to know to work with here have been great from the start to present. The relationships that I’ve formed here have been fantastic.

Alex: It’s intellectually challenging, there’s also a collaborative aspect which I really enjoy.

Era: It’s great being a trade mark examiner because you’re part of a very unique team that’s well trained and it’s well supported.

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