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


Increasingly Australian brands are enjoying positive global recognition inspired by our nation’s “clean, green and safe” image. With global brand reach comes increasingly sophisticated supply chains and opportunities for those who seek to profit from gaps and disinformation in these supply chains.

Changes in the marketplace to develop more sophisticated supply chain systems aimed at helping Australians protect their products and maintain their integrity overseas have created new ways to maintain Australian export confidence. IP Australia aims to be an ecosystem enabler and support Australian inventors in these markets. To enable these services IP Australia is investing in the development of ‘Smart IP rights’ starting with the ‘Smart Trade Mark’.


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


Patent examination directions trial


IP Australia is exploring a customer-centred alternate patent examination direction process which considers the customer’s circumstances.

As part of the exploration, IP Australia will understand what stage a patent application is in and the likelihood of the applicant pursuing patent protection. The aim is to develop an examination direction process which identifies a more convenient time for the applicant to receive an examination direction.

Small scale trials are being undertaken to validate the proposed examination direction process. The information learned throughout the trial will inform ongoing development of the strategy and the potential for broader implementation.



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.


Transactional Digital Service

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In the spirit of continuous improvement we have recently commenced a large program of work which will replace the current B2B service with a modern solution based on best practice. Over the next 2-3 years we will be developing new solutions which will improve the quality of digital services and make service integration easier for end users. This program will also consider replacing the current eServices platform.

The first deliverables we’re committed to are a new way to renew patents (later this year) and the program road-map for the remaining transactions.

So what do we want from you? By helping us understand your needs you will help us build APIs and channels which meet them. Actively involving system users and system builders throughout this journey will ensure we have the widest possible understanding of these needs.

If you are interested in contributing to the program of work, or receiving regular information please register your interest by subscribing.


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.