This report provides a collation of data and information about the intellectual property (IP) system in Australia, where Australia sits in the global IP system, and how it measures up against other countries. It is the first in a regular series of publications about the IP system.
The report highlights key developments in IP rights:
China is now the top destination for Australians filing trade mark applications abroad.
Eastern states (QLD, NSW, VIC and TAS) have seen double digit growth in patent filings for 2012.
Australians file more patents in the USA than in Australia.
90% of patent applications in Australia are from foreign applicants.
Advanced economies are shifting from tangible assets to intangibles like research and development, skills and branding. Australia has not yet made this shift with primary industries still supporting our place in the global economy.