IPTA Annual Conference

26 - 28 April 2023

President's Invitation

We have great pleasure inviting you to the 2023 Annual Conference including the 104th Annual General Meeting which will be held in the harbour city Hobart, Tasmania, at the Hotel Grand Chancellor from Wednesday 26 to Friday 28 April 2023.

The first and last time the IPTA Conference was held in Hobart was 2012. With the rise of Tasmania as a clean and green destination of pristine beauty and bountiful gifts of nature, we could not wait to go back again and hope you will experience the conference with the same enjoyment as our Conference Committee has had putting it together.

Hobart, or Hobart Town as it used to be known, is home to the Muwinina people and the city recognises more than 40,000 years of Aboriginal heritage and connection with the land. Hobart (also known as nipaluna) is the second oldest capital city in Australia and was founded in 1804 as a British penal colony. Framed by the majestic Mount Wellington and estuary of the Derwent River, Hobart is a truly beautiful place and its tremendous fresh natural produce is to behold. It is a melting pot of landscape, history, culture, art, music, food and wine.

We have put every effort into creating a strong educational program with well-regarded presenters. Highlights of the program include a keynote presentation by Antony Taubman from the World Trade Organisation. Following on from our very successful "Super-Patents" session at our conference in Kingscliff this year, we are pleased to say at the upcoming conference we have both a "Super-Patents" and "Super-Trade Marks" session featuring a federal judge in each session being Justice Helen Rofe and Judge Julia Baird respectively. We are also very fortunate to have Alistair Scott from Airbus Industries who will be presenting a keynote session on the topic of "Having the Right Stuff".

On the social front, Wednesday evening kicks off with a Welcome Reception at "AURA" a rooftop space where you can get a 360-degree view of Hobart. On Thursday evening, we take a little drive to the Coal Valley, home to some of Tasmania's finest pinot noir wines, where we will enjoy an informal dinner at Frogmore Creek Winery. Get glammed up for the Hollywood theme on Friday night at our Gala Dinner which will be at Glen Albyn Estate, where the red carpet will be rolled out.

While all educational sessions and social events are included in the full delegate registration fee, day registration is available for those who cannot attend the whole conference. As usual, YIPTA members enjoy discounted registration fees and this year, we are pleased to provide discounted registration fees for members who are 70 plus years old.

In accordance with the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board (TTIPAB) guidelines, patent and trade marks attorneys attending the conference may claim one-hour CPE for each hour of business sessions they attend. This provides the opportunity to record approximately 18 hours of CPE as detailed in the program.

The deadline for conference registration is 10 April 2023.

We hope you will attend and look forward to seeing you.

Kind Regards

Janelle Borham


Jennifer McEwan

Convenor, Conference Committee

The Venue

Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

1 Davey Street
Hobart, TAS, 7000

Perfectly positioned directly on Hobart's waterfront, the Hotel Grand Chancellor offers stunning views of the River Derwent and surrounds. Its central location means that you are a short walk from all areas of the city and major attractions, with Salamanca, Battery Point, city centre shopping and the MONA ferry only a few minutes walk away.


Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

Experience exceptional comfort and service while being perfectly positioned directly on Hobart's waterfront.

Featuring 244 modern and spacious rooms, the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart is centrally located in the heart of Hobart's working waterfront precinct. All rooms are a generous 32 or 64sqm and boast either uninterrupted views of Hobart waterfront, or overlook the City and surrounds, up towards kunanyi (Mt Wellington).

Refurbished in 2022, guest rooms are all stylishly furnished with a contemporary decor that focuses on guest comfort and functionality. Features include USB charging ports, state of the art wi-fi and pillow menus. Bedding configurations inside the rooms are either king (1x king size bed) or double (2x larger double beds).

Luxe Executive Travel

IPTA's preferred travel agent is Luxe Executive Travel and you may wish to contact Lea Burford, on lea@luxetravelco.com.au or phone 0415 615 110, who will be happy to assist you with your booking.


Wellness Lunch​

We will be discussing the topic of "9-5 - How to be assertive while maintaining collaboration in the workplace" ​

Fun Run and Fun Walk

Make sure you get your teams together for the annual IPTA Fun Run or Fun Walk


Wednesday 26 April 2023
8:55am-9.00amWelcome by Janelle Borham, IPTA President
9.00am-5.00pmRegistration & Business Sessions
12.30pm-1.30pmLunch (Buffet)
Mezzanine Level
6.30pm-9.30pmWelcome Reception Canapes and Drinks
10.00pm-12.30amHospitality Area
Atrium Bar
Thursday 27 April 2023
Annual Fun Run and Walk
9.00am-5.00pmRegistration & Business Sessions
9.00am-10.00amIPTA AGM
IPTA Annual General Meeting & President's Address
1.00pm-2.00pmLunch (Buffet)
Mezzanine Level
7.00pm-10.30pmInformal Dinner
Frogmore Creek Winery
10.30pm-12.30amHospitality Area
Atrium Bar
Friday 28 April 2023
YIPTA, Corporate and Small Firm Practitioner's Breakfast and Presentations
9.00am-5.00pmRegistration & Business Sessions
1.15pm-2.30pmIPTA Wellness Lunch
Harbour View Room 1
Mezzanine Level
7.00pm-11.00pmGala Dinner
Glen Albyn Estate
11.00pm-1.00amHospitality Area
Atrium Bar
Optional Activity
Saturday 29 April 2023
7.45am - 5.30pmBruny Island Tour - THE TOUR IS NOW FULL
Cost: $190.00 per person fully inclusive ($150.00 per child)The day includes a private return guided bus tour from Hobart, ferry crossing, tastings, lunch with wine, beer, cider and island sightseeing.
Bruny-Island landscape pic

Social Venues

Level 12/110 Liverpool Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Frogmore Creek Winery
699 Richmond Road
Cambridge TAS 7170
Glen Albyn Estate
338 Channel Hwy
Taroona TAS 7053

Registration Fees

Registration Options
(Deadline prices to 27 March 2023)
Full Delegate Package: IPTA Member $1,550, Non-Member $1,850
Day Registration Wed, Thu and/or Fri: IPTA Member $650, Non-Member $750 (per day)
Full Delegate Package Registered < 5 years: IPTA Member $1,050
Full Delegate package Registered at 70 plus years old: IPTA Member $1,050
Accompanying Person Package $550
For further details of fee inclusions, refer to the Program
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IPTA Annual Conference

26 - 28 April 2023