IP Australia designs system review

IP Australia is currently conducting a survey to better understand the Australian design ecosystem and the role of intellectual property within it. 

The Jacky Winter Group (James Hancock) – illustration commissioned by IP Australia.

IP Australia is the Government agency that administers patents, trade marks, plant breeder’s rights and registered designs. As part of a review into the designs system in Australia, the agency is inviting responses via a research questionnaire about design and intellectual property. You are encouraged to respond regardless of whether or not you have ever sought registered IP protection for your designs – they are interested in hearing the experiences of those who have and those who have not.

By completing this questionnaire, you will provide IP Australia with valuable information about the challenges faced by Australians in bringing new designs to market, such as excessive copying and difficulties enforcing intellectual property. The information you provide will have an important influence on future policy directions: outcomes of this research will directly inform IP Australia’s recommendations to Government on what changes need to be made to encourage more design investment.

The questionnaire explores your:

  • experiences with innovation
  • methods and motives for protecting designs
  • experience turning ideas into products, and
  • encounters with copying.

IP Australia intends to publish a report describing and summarising aggregated results from the questionnaire. However, this report will not include names of individual participants or include information which could reasonably be used to identify them. 

Survey closes 21 February 2020.

If you have any questions about this questionnaire or the research being undertaken, please contact the team at IP Australia by directly emailing MDB-DRP@ipaustralia.gov.au and you can find more information about their review and other initiatives related to design on their website.