The Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (the Council or ACIP) is an independent body appointed by the Australian Government, and advises the Federal Minister for Industry - and his Parliamentary Secretary - on intellectual property matters and the strategic administration of IP Australia. The Council was established in 1994.

The Council's membership reflects a cross section of interests involved with the intellectual property system. Members are drawn from the business and manufacturing sectors; research organisations; the health sector; the legal and attorney professions; government; academia; and technology and commercialisation sectors.

Current Reviews

  • Review of the Innovation Patent System

    The innovation patent system was established in 2001 to stimulate innovation in Australian small to medium business enterprises. It protects incremental or low-level inventions that do not meet the inventive threshold required for standard patent protection and are not covered by design legislation.

  • Review of the Designs System

    The current designs system has been in operation since the commencement of the Designs Act 2003 on 17 June 2004. The designs system protects the visual features of a product including the shape, configuration, pattern and ornamentation which, when applied to the product, give it a unique appearance.

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