IP Australia is an Australian Government Agency that’s a little bit different. We work with Australians to help them protect their inventions, brands, designs, and plant varieties through the administration of patents, trade marks, designs, and plant breeder’s rights – their Intellectual Property. We have a strong sense of purpose, contributing to a bigger picture and ensuring Australians benefit from great ideas.
We employ examiners with a wide range of technical backgrounds and are currently recruiting qualified engineers and scientists to be trained as patent examiners in the areas of Physics, Computer Science, Telecommunications, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Mechanical and Civil Engineering.
Ensuring our people have the capability to work with leading edge inventions means you will always maintain currency of skill and you will see Australian innovation at work right before your eyes.
As an employer we offer genuine work/life balance, flexible working hours and locations, a warm and engaging culture and ongoing development. We will train you to exercise your brain in different ways. You will utilise your technical skill, but we’ll teach you to assess patent applications within a legal framework, develop elasticity of mind, and we’ll encourage questioning, debate, and critical thinking.
Is working from home, remotely or flexibly important to you?
We want the best people and we can negotiate working arrangements. If you require flexibility, apply and we can discuss options. You can also discuss your circumstances with the contact officer in advance if you’d prefer.
Some of the advantages of being a patent examiner include:
• You will see new ideas, new technology, and new thinking every day and be responsible for assessing their eligibility for patent protection.
• You will develop your critical thinking capability; questioning and analysing to ensure protections are issued appropriately
• You will have autonomy, but work within a supportive team environment.
• You will have opportunities to further your education and build your knowledge
What makes a successful examiner?
To be successful you must love your field of expertise and have excellent logic and reasoning skills.
Strong communication skills, an insatiable curiosity, and a mind that loves to question are all critical traits for an examiner.
Most importantly you will want to learn and apply that learning in an environment of innovation. You will be supported by a workplace coach through a competency-based training program.
After training, you will work independently to examine patent applications. You’ll have clearly defined performance indicators. As part of a team you will be able to identify work group priorities and achieve team goals, working with passionate and skilled colleagues.
Would you like to know more?
Case studies, a You Tube clip and other information available for your review on our website via 'Apply Now'
IP Australia embraces and fosters a culture that supports diversity, inclusion and respect. Our goal is to attract and retain the right people for the right jobs, no matter their gender, ethnicity, age, religious beliefs, or personal commitments. We empower our people to fulfil their potential and welcome people with diverse experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. This means that we embed diversity and inclusion in everything we do—everyday.