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Automated processes to help intellectual property users

19 June 2015

Today IP Australia has released a consultation paper with a proposal for the expanded use of automated processes, making IP systems more efficient for users.

“I am pleased to announce that IP Australia is investigating ways to align and streamline processes, improve service delivery and reduce unnecessary delays.

“Many tasks like renewals of a right, issuing directions or registry entries that currently require manual processing are proposed to be automated as part of this reform.

“We are undertaking this consultation as part of a proposal to extend our use of automated processes to make simple decisions and undertake actions involving no exercise of judgment,” said Mrs Andrews.

The Government will consider stakeholders’ input from this consultation process before releasing a draft bill of the legislative changes for public comment.

“We intend to introduce the bill to Parliament in late 2015.

“This is an important step in making administration of IP Australia’s systems more efficient for users.

“I encourage interested parties to take up this opportunity to contribute their ideas by 15 July 2015,” said Mrs Andrews.

The consultation paper will be available at http://www.ipaustralia.gov.au/about-us/public-consultations/ including details of how to make a submission.

Media contact: Mrs Andrews' office 02 6277 4360