What we do
We collaborate with business and the Australian government to register and administer IP rights and legislation for patents, trade marks, designs and PBR.
Our vision is to have a world-leading Australian IP system that builds prosperity through innovation. To achieve this, we aim to give our customers efficient access to products and services so they can continue to innovate.
Our corporate plan
Our corporate plan sets our direction for the year and shows how we'll continue to effectively administer IP rights and legislation for trade marks, patents, design rights and PBR in Australia.
As the administrators of IP rights and legislation in Australia, we're responsible for:
Administering and registering patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder’s rights (PBR)
Registering patent and trade mark attorneys
Educating our customers on the role of IP in their business
Providing advice to the Australian government for improving the IP rights system both domestically and internationally.
Our portfolio and ministers
We fall within the Department of Industry, Science and Resources as a listed entity under the
Our Minister is the Hon Ed Husic MP.
Timeline of IP Australia
1903: The first federal patent legislation is passed
It's called the Patents Act 1903 and, effective 1 June 1904, it transfers the administration of patents from individual states to the newly-formed federal government.
1904: The Australian Patent Office (APO) is established
Located in Melbourne, the Australian Patent Office is the new government agency responsible for registering patents. It will pave the way for national administration of the IP system in the years to follow.
1933: The APO becomes responsible for trade marks and design rights
As it takes over the administration of trade marks and design rights, the APO moves a small number of staff to the newly formed federal capital, Canberra.
1980: The APO moves into the international IP arena
The APO becomes an International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority for patent applications filed in accordance with the Patent Co-operation Treaty.
1998: Intellectual Property Australia (IPA) is established
2008: IP Australia opens a patent examination centre in Melbourne
Known as the Melbourne Patent Examination Centre, this new location represents a decentralisation of the patent examination space and a boost in jobs for patent examiners.
Today: IP Australia continues to receive thousands of applications per year
We've evolved into the administrator of a strong and competitive IP system, and continue to encourage all Australians to leverage the potential of their ideas.