IPTA Annual Conference

20 - 22 March 2024

**Registration are closed**

President's Invitation

Dear Colleagues

On behalf of the IPTA Annual Conference Sub-Committee, I have enormous pleasure inviting you to the IPTA 2024 Annual Conference, including the 105th Annual General Meeting, which will be held in our capital city Canberra at the "Hotel Realm" from Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 March 2024.

The traditional custodians of the Canberra region founded in 1913 are the Ngunnawal people, who continue to have a cultural, spiritual, and historical connection to the region.

The last time the IPTA Conference was held in Canberra was 2004, and it will be great going back after 20 years to see how much the city has changed, particularly in the coffee culture, food and wine scene.

This conference is going to be a unique one. As you know, Canberra is also home to IP Australia who features prominently in our business program. I do thank IP Australia for their involvement and generosity. IP Australia is hosting patent and trade mark sessions at IP Australia, featuring a "show and tell" on arrival, small group tours of IP Australia with Examiners, followed by a Q&A session and morning/or afternoon tea. These IP Australia sessions will be additional to our business program which is a solid one, packed with meaty interesting topics, and following our recent format of Wednesday being the trade mark day, Thursday being the day of overlapping content or general IP interest and Friday being the patents day.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has dominated the airwaves in recent years and there appears little in the life of the modern attorney that is not presently being affected or has the potential in the very near future to be affected, by AI. As such, given the importance of AI in our world, we have made it bit of a feature of the IPTA 2024 Annual Conference.

A highlight of the conference is a presentation by David S Gooder, Commissioner of Trademarks at the USPTO who will share the USPTO's views on the issue of unqualified agents and the integrity of the US IP system. Other highlights of the program include keynote presentations by Harry Knight, Xero Limited and Hon Steven Rares KC, NSW Bar. There are also two panel discussions on the topics of "Artificial Intelligence: Challenges to the IP system" and "Harvesting the IP fruits in the Agriculture Sector: A conversation about some well-known and less known IP rights". There is an Ethics session on the topic of "Scope of Privilege" by Greg Chambers of Phillips Ormonde.

On the personal development and mental wellness side of things, we have scheduled a session on the somewhat confronting topic of "Delivering bad news" by the very engaging Robyn Brady, one of Australia's leading mental health consultants. Those who attended our conference in Kingscliff in 2022, may recall Robyn presenting a very lively, enjoyable and helpful session to us and we are expecting more of the same spark in Canberra.

Being a firm believer in the "work hard, play hard (within reason)" motto, we have organised three social nights out at some very special Canberra venues. On the Wednesday evening, there is a Welcome Reception at "The Marion" a new venue located right by Lake Burley Griffin. The Marion was inspired by Marion Mahoney, wife and business partner of Walter Burley Griffin and the venue features spectacular lake views and an art deco feel. The Thursday night takes us back in time and to dinner at "Old Parliament House" where we will get an opportunity to tour some of the rooms including the Prime Minister's Suite. Friday night is party night and culminates in our "Groovy Gala" at the "National Arboretum", a mosaic of living forests and gardens located just outside Canberra which was established in 2013.

While all business sessions and social nights are included in the full delegate registration fee, day registration is available for those who can't attend the whole conference. YIPTA and 70+ years and Past Presidents members will enjoy discounted registration fees to encourage attendance so we can have the benefit of a rich diversity of age and experience.

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 business program.

This year we are launching a new initiative - the IPTA Conference App - which will allow you to view the program, be reminded of sessions, record attendance and ask the presenters questions. It is hoped that the IPTA Conference App assists you in managing attendance at the conference and helps make it more enjoyable.

On the accommodation front, the "Hotel Realm" is part of "The Realm Precinct" which will provide you with four accommodation choices - "Hotel Realm", "Burbury Hotel & Apartments", "Little National Hotel", "Brassey Hotel".

Our annual conference is organised in totality by the IPTA Secretariat and Annual Conference Sub-Committee who provide their time on a voluntary basis, so that our members can have the best possible conference experience at great value for money.

The deadline for conference registration is 21 February 2024. Online registration, the first edition of the program and a link to special accommodation rates are now available on the IPTA website.

I do hope you will be able to come to our IPTA 2024 Annual Conference and I really look forward to seeing you there.

Best Regards

Jennifer McEwan



The Venue

Hotel Realm, Canberra

18 National Circuit
Canberra ACT 2600

The Hotel Realm is located next to the Parliamentary Triangle and is within walking distance to national icons including Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia, and the National Library of Australia. It is a 5 star hotel with luxurious accommodation and facilities including fine and casual dining, lounge bars, a wholefoods café, hair salon, health club and day spa. The Realm Precinct is a unique area located at the footsteps of Parliament House. We offer four hotels, four restaurants, two cafes plus two gymnasiums and two day spas.

Hotel Realm is our 5 star hotel offering 163 hotel and suite style accommodation rooms. It combines contemporary elegance with avant-garde design making it effortlessly chic. Each room contains Appelles Apothecary luxury bathroom amenities, LCD Smart Televisions, complimentary movies, T2 and Nespresso coffee machines, 24hr room service and concierge. Guests have access to both the EVO Health Club with indoor 25 meter lap pool and Hale Gym.

Burbury Hotel & Apartments is our 4.5 star hotel offering 152 hotel, suites and apartments while also featuring Leyla Bar, located on the rooftop of the 7th floor. Leyla Bar offers a light and playful menu filled with smaller bites. Accompanied by a wide selection of creative cocktails, premium spirits, local and imported wine and beer. Located on the ground floor are hatted restaurants, Chairman & Yip and Lilo Tang, showcasing highly awarded and delectable fine dining menus. The apartments are a mix of one and two bedroom apartment style accommodation available or one night or longer stays.

The Little National Hotel offers affordable luxury to all. Set in the shadow of Parliament House, each of the 120 Little National rooms contain a super King bed, wall to wall window, luxurious bathroom, LCD television, in-room safe, bar refrigerator, complimentary WiFi, movies and local telephone calls, access to the Little National Living Rooms and all the amenities afforded by neighbouring Realm Precinct, including hale gym, day spa, hair salon, restaurants and cafes.

Located on the footsteps of the Parliamentary Triangle, the Brassey Hotel is set on two and a half acres of manicured gardens and lawns including two outdoor garden venues. This 1920’s hotel has old world charm with all the comforts of a quality property having undergone a full refurbishment in 2017. In room features include private bathroom, reverse cycle heating/cooling, minibar, Foxtel and digital TV channels. Complimentary parking and unlimited internet (wireless in public spaces, cabled in room). The Brassey Hotel is also home to Canberra’s most sought after wellness destination, Hale Gym and Spa.


The hotel is pleased to offer a 15% discount off their lead in room rates across their hotels.

To take advantage of the discount, guests can visit their websites directly and follow the links to make a reservation.

Enter the booking code IPTA24 in order to receive the 15% discount.

*The Hotel Realm is now fully booked at the discounted rate, please try the other precinct hotels when booking your accommodation.

Alternatively, please call or email their Central Reservations team and advise which hotel you would prefer to book quoting the code IPTA24.


+61 2 6163 1888



Luxe Executive Travel

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


Personal Development Lunch

We will be discussing the topic of "Delivering Bad News" with Robyn Bradey, a mental health consultant. Robyn has presented on the topic of "Managing difficult client & work colleague relationships" at a previous IPTA conference. ​

Fun Run, Fun Walk & Fun Hunt

Make sure you get your teams together for the annual IPTA Fun Run, Fun Walk or this year's new Fun Hunt competion. ​


Wednesday 20 March 2024
8:55am - 9.00amWelcome by Jennifer McEwan, IPTA President
9.00am - 5.00pmRegistration & Business Sessions
1.00pm - 2.00pmBuffet Lunch
Hotel Realm - Pre Function Area
7.00pm - 10.00pmWelcome Standup Reception (Canapes & Drinks)
10.00pm - 12.30amHospitality Area
Thursday 21 March 2024
6.45am - 8.00amWellness
Annual Fun Run, Walk & Fun Hunt
9.00am - 5.00pmRegistration & Business Sessions
9.00am - 10.00amIPTA AGM
IPTA Annual General Meeting & President's Address
12.45pm - 2.00pmBuffet Lunch
Hotel Realm Pre Function Area
1.00pm - 1.50pmIPTA Personal Development Lunch
Harbour View Room 1
7.30pm - 10.30pmDinner
10.30pm - 12.30amHospitality Area
Friday 22 March 2024
7.15am - 8.30amBreakfast
YIPTA, Corporate and Small Firm Practitioner's Breakfast and Presentations
9.00am - 5.00pmRegistration & Business Sessions
12.45pm - 1.45pmBuffet Lunch
Hotel Realm Pre Function Area
7.00pm - 11.00pmGroovy Gala Dinner
11.00pm - 1.00amHospitality Area
4.30 - 4.35pmClosing by Jennifer McEwan, IPTA President
Optional Activity
Saturday 23 March 2024
9.00am - 3.30pmVin & Gin Tour
Cost: $225.00 per person fully inclusiveOn this tour you will visit two local cellar doors and have an awesome lunch, followed by tours and tastings at a local sweet treats maker and a gin distillery.
7.45am - 3.30pmWalk to Gibralta Peak
Cost: $75.00 per person fully inclusiveFor the first time, a bushwalking half day trip is planned to take full advantage of the scenic beauty that surrounds Canberra.

Social Venues

WELCOME STANDUP RECEPTION (Substantial Canapes & Drinks)


The Marion

ACT Parks Depot, Barrine Dr,
Parkes Canberra ACT 2600



Old Parliament House

18 King George Terrace
Parkes, Canberra ACT 2600




Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway
Molonglo Valley ACT 2611

Registration Fees

Registration Options

The deadline for registration at the lower rate has now passed

Full Delegate Package: IPTA Member $1,950, Non-Member $2,250

Day Registration Wed, Thu and/or Fri: IPTA Member $900, Non-Member $1,050 (per day)

Full Delegate Package: Registered < 5 years: IPTA Member $1,425

Full Delegate package: Registered at 70 plus years of age/Past Presidents: IPTA Member $1,550

Accompanying Person Package $700

For further details of fee inclusions, refer to the Program

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