IPTA – IP Administrator’s Course: Introduction to IP

The 2022 course is now full please Register your interest for 2023 at the button below

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.

Further details including exact dates and costs will be circulated over the coming months. It is anticipated that the Course will be run from August 2022 until March 2023, with an examination to be held in April 2023. Successful candidates will be awarded a Certificate from IPTA.

Places will be limited, particularly in the first year as we trial the course and seek feedback from participants. 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 in the first year.

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

Mike Zammit PhD, Course Co-ordinator & IPTA Councillor


Introductory price: $1,200 plus GST

Important dates:

16 May 2022 – Pre-registration offer to IPTA members on the ‘expressions of interest’ mailing list

31 May 2022 – Pre-registration offers close

Post 31 May 2022 – Successful Pre-registration recipients will be contacted

30 June 2022 – Registration closes for ‘expressions of interest’ participants

1 August 2022 – Course commences

5 December 2022 to 13 January 2023 – Break over the holiday period

3 April 2023 – Final exam