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We’re reviewing patent system accessibility for Australian small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The review is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to ensuring our intellectual property (IP) framework supports the needs of smaller businesses. This means ensuring that they:

  • don’t face unreasonable barriers and costs
  • understand the system and how to protect their IP
  • get appropriate support and advice

Independent expert Professor Raoul Mortley AO is leading the review. He’s:

  • investigating costs, processing times, advice and SME awareness levels
  • providing options to improve access and support

We expect the review to start in August 2020 and finish in February 2021.

Terms of reference

Read the Patents Accessibility Review terms of reference [544KB PDF] [61KB DOCX]

Public consultation

The review will gather stakeholder through:

  • targeted interviews
  • public submissions via our Consultation hub

Our role

Our department develops IP policy and is supporting the review.

IP Australia administers the patent system and provides IP resources for SMEs.

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Contact us

Email PAR@industry.gov.au

See also

See how we are helping Australian small and family businesses thrive

Last updated: 14 July 2020

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