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  • Stand-alone Legislation for Indigenous Knowledge: Interim Scoping Study Consultations

    *Update: Late submissions and survey responses will be accepted until Wednesday 9 November 2022* As part of the Australian Government commitment to establish stand-alone legislation to protect Indigenous Knowledge, its Indigenous Knowledge Working Group is conducting a scoping study on... More
    Closed 9 November 2022
  • Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board Regulation Reform Public Consultation

    In March 2013, the Governments of Australia and New Zealand entered into an Arrangement for Trans-Tasman Regulation of Patent Attorneys (Arrangement). The Arrangement aimed to provide a joint registration regime for patent attorneys to practise in Australia and New Zealand. The Arrangement... More
    Closed 2 February 2022
  • Regulator Performance Omnibus Bill 2022

    The Australian Government has released the draft Regulator Performance Omnibus Bill, and is calling for submissions to ensure it is informed by business and community expectations of regulators. The Bill updates or removes outdated administrative provisions across Commonwealth legislation... More
    Closed 14 January 2022
  • Designs Instruments Consultation

    Introduction Currently, after a design application has met its minimum filing requirements it proceeds to a formalities assessment. For these assessments, design applications are currently dealt with in part by the requirements in Schedule 2 of the Designs Regulations... More
    Closed 30 November 2021
  • Proposed changes to UPOV Explanatory Notes on Essentially Derived Varieties

    IP Australia is participating in the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties (UPOV) working group established to consider revisions to the Explanatory Notes on Essentially Derived Varieties under the 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention. The proposed changes , drafted by the UPOV... More
    Closed 6 October 2021
  • Enhance and Enable - Indigenous Knowledge Consultations 2021

    Our  Enhance and Enable Indigenous Knowledge Consultation Report 2021 is now available. This summarises stakeholder feedback and next steps. In our report, we are pleased to be able to feature the painting "Yuliyin Marradhal Yandhul" meaning Past, Present and Future created for IP Australia by... More
    Closed 31 May 2021
  • Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement: Consultation on a Possible New Geographical Indications Right

    The Australian Government has opened public consultations on a possible new geographical indications (GI) right. In June 2018 the Australian Government launched negotiations for a comprehensive and ambitious Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Union... More
    Closed 30 November 2020
  • Patents Manual of Practice and Procedure (PMPP) Evaluation - survey for IP Professionals

    IP Australia is evaluating our Patent Manual of Practice and Procedure (PMPP) and we are looking to understand how you use the Manual, how useful it is, and how it could be improved. The aim of the evaluation is to develop a framework of principles to develop the PMPP into a... More
    Closed 27 November 2020
  • Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Bill 2020

    From 23 July 2020 to 28 August 2020 we sought your views on an exposure draft of the Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Bill 2020 and the Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Regulations 2020 (collectively the ‘draft... More
    Closed 28 August 2020
  • Customer Service Charter review

    IP Australia is committed to delivering world leading IP services that are modern, effective and efficient and ensure all Australians benefit from great ideas. Our Customer Service Charter provides an overview of how we will meet customer expectations for IP rights administration. Our aim is to... More
    Closed 6 March 2020
  • Implementing accepted recommendations from ACIP’s Review of the Designs System

    From 31 October to 20 December 2019 we sought your views on policy issues that would implement accepted recommendations from the former Advisory Council on Intellectual Property’s (ACIP) Review of the Designs System . This consultation has now closed. IP Australia is... More
    Closed 20 December 2019
  • Fee review 2019-2020

    We last reviewed our fees in the 2015-16 financial year. IP Australia’s 2019-2020 fee review reflects our commitment to ensuring our cost recovery arrangements continue to be in line with the Australian Government Charging Framework and that our fees are consistent, transparent and recover the... More
    Closed 16 May 2019
  • Trade Marks Amendment (Division of International Registrations and Other Measures) Regulations 2019

    Early in 2019, IP Australia sought public comment on the exposure draft of regulations to amend the Trade Marks Regulations 1995 to allow division of International Registrations Designating Australia (“division of IRDAs”). That consultation is detailed below. Consultation on the... More
    Closed 1 March 2019
  • Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Bill and Regulations 2018

    The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Act 2020 (the Act) received Royal Assent on 26 February 2020. The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures)... More
    Closed 21 December 2018
  • Hague Agreement for designs

    Hague Agreement Economic Analysis The Australian Government previously agreed that IP Australia would investigate the implications of Australia joining the Hague Agreement for industrial designs. The Hague Agreement allows designers to file into 70 territories through a single application. ... More
    Closed 31 May 2018
  • Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act and Regulations 2018

    The  Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018  (the Act) received Royal Assent on 24 August 2018. The  Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Regulations... More
    Closed 4 December 2017
  • Several intellectual property (IP) matters arising from Productivity Commission report on IP arrangements

    Overview of consultation From 30 August to 17 November 2017, IP Australia sought public comment on five IP policy matters. Four of these formed part of IP Australia’s proposed implementation of the Government’s response to the Productivity Commission’s 2016... More
    Closed 17 November 2017
  • Intellectual Property Laws Amendment 2017

    From 23 November 2016 to 6 February 2017, IP Australia sought public comment on the Exposure Draft of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2017 and the Exposure Draft of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Regulations 2017. The exposure draft legislation aimed to align and... More
    Closed 6 February 2017
  • How should Australia protect Indigenous Knowledge?

    In 2012 IP Australia in conjunction with then Department of the Arts commenced consultations about the role of Australia’s intellectual property (IP) system in protecting indigenous knowledge. IP Australia published written submissions and case studies addressing the intersection between... More
    Closed 31 December 2016
  • Proposed regulations for a trans-Tasman patent attorney regime

    In 2009, the then-Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand agreed to accelerate efforts towards trans-Tasman regulatory integration as part of the broader Single Economic Market (SEM) agenda. Background information about the SEM agenda is available on our  Global Engagements page . An... More
    Closed 24 June 2016
  • Examination practice following the High Court decision in D'Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc [2015] HCA 35

    On 7 October 2015 the High Court delivered judgement in D'Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc [2015] HCA 35 . The decision related to Myriad's patent (686004) on the isolated nucleic acid encoding the BRCA1 mutant polypeptide and to methods of testing for the presence of mutations of the... More
    Closed 6 November 2015
  • Streamlining IP processes and supporting small business

    In 2015, we conducted a consultation on proposals to streamline IP processes and support small business. A consultation paper and costings paper were released seeking public comment on the proposals by 7 April 2015. Why are we doing this? Some of the processes for obtaining,... More
    Closed 15 April 2015
  • IP Toolkit

    The IP Toolkit was developed to offer guidance and provide the tools necessary to simplify and improve discussions around IP in research collaborations. The IP Toolkit contains guides and tools to help researchers and businesses use and manage intellectual property (IP) in collaborations. ... More
    Closed 20 February 2015
  • Plant Breeder's Rights Advisory Committee

    The Plant Breeder’s Rights Advisory Committee (PBRAC) was abolished with effect from 21 February 2018, when the Statute Update (Smaller Government) Act 2018 amended the Plant Breeder's Rights Act 1994 (PBR Act). The change however has no effect on the newly established Plant Breeder’s Rights... More
    Closed 31 October 2014
  • Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Act 2015 and Intellectual Property Legislation Amendment (TRIPS Protocol and Other Measures) Regulation 2015

    The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Act 2015 (Amendment Act) amended the Patents Act 1990, Trade Marks Act 1995, Designs Act 2003, and the Plant Breeder's Rights Act 1994 to: implement the Protocol amending the World Trade Organization Agreement on... More
    Closed 7 February 2014
  • Proposed patents objects clause and patentability exclusion

    In November 2011, the Government responded to three reports on gene patents and patentable subject matter: Senate Community Affairs References Committee Gene Patents Report Advisory Council on Intellectual Property report Patentable Subject Matter Australian Law Reform... More
    Closed 27 September 2013
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