IPTA – IP Administrator’s Course: Introduction to IP

The Course has been developed in response to overwhelming feedback in the industry that it would be useful to provide some formal education for those persons supporting attorneys and lawyers working in the field of IP law.

The IP Administrator’s Course will cover 14 Units, comprising:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to IP Administrator’s Course, and Introduction to IP.
  • Units 2 to 5: Patents (Introduction; AU; NZ; PCT).
  • Units 6 to 9: Trade Marks (Introduction; AU; NZ; International Trade Mark – Madrid Protocol).
  • Units 10 to 12: Designs (Introduction; AU; NZ).
  • Unit 13: Domain Names / Business Names.
  • Unit 14: Practical Sessions with IP Australia and IPONZ

Candidates will receive training on the underlying principles, the essential legal background and the practice of IP Administration. The Course encourages the development of knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of the structure, personnel and functions of the various departments usually found in a firm, including the work of patent attorneys and support staff. The Course encourages utilisation and expansion of candidates’ existing knowledge, and supports candidates in their day-to-day role and career aspirations.

The Course is expected to run from August 2024 until March 2025, with an examination held in April 2025. Successful candidates will be awarded a Certificate from IPTA.

Places in the 2024 course will be limited. We encourage early expressions of interest with an indication of the number of candidates you may wish to send to the course from your firm/workplace.

If you have any questions, or wish to express your interest in one or more placements in the course, please email the Secretariat at: mail@ipta.org.au

Kerry Dick, Course Co-ordinator & IPTA Councillor


Price: $1,800 plus GST

Important dates (all dates are tentative and will be confirmed shortly):

7 June 2024 – Registration offer to those on the ‘expressions of interest’ mailing list

28 June 2024 – Registration closes for ‘expressions of interest’ participants

29 July 2024 – Course commences

2 December 2024 to 10 January 2025 – Break over the holiday period

April 2024 – Final exam