IP Australia Patent Examiner Graduate Position

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Saturday, December 31, 2016
Canberra and Melbourne

Your career as a patent examiner

As a patent examiner you will assess Australian and international patent applications to determine whether the application meets legislative requirements. Through the examination process, you will be among the first to see new developments in technology and innovation within Australia.

You will use a variety of tools to conduct your assessments, like worldwide patent and technical databases, procedural manuals, legislation and your own technical knowledge and experience.


Your journey to become a patent examiner starts with the IP Rights Examiner Program which takes approximately two years to complete. As you successfully progress through the program, your salary will increase also.

The competency-based program provides a mix of self-paced online training, one-on-one coaching and mentoring from an experienced examiner, and a vibrant community of learners for you to connect with.

Successful completion of the program will ensure you have developed the skills and knowledge needed to gain the required Acceptance Delegation from the Commissioner of Patents, which allows you to examine patents independently. It will also include essential workplace, administrative, decision-making and communication components. You must complete all stages of the program successfully and gain your delegation to meet the conditions of employment.

Our training program can be undertaken from anywhere in Australia with a high quality internet connection, however conditions of employment may determine whether you are eligible to work outside of Canberra. You should discuss this with our Recruitment team prior to accepting an offer of employment from us.


You will need to hold a recognised degree in science or engineering, or an equivalent diploma together with appropriate industry experience to become a patent examiner.

Is this you?

If this sounds like you, then we want you as part of our team:
• excellent research, analytical and conceptual thinking skills
• sound technical knowledge and the ability to adapt your knowledge base
• ability to understand and articulate complex ideas verbally and in writing
• ability to learn and apply legal concepts
• sound decision-making skills
• demonstrated desire for continued learning and ability to learn through feedback
• ability to work independently and in a team.

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Academic requirements

Minimum required level of study: 
Bachelor honours degree
Degree requirements: 

Other Information

Engineering, R&D and manufacturing, IT & communications
Australian Capital Territory
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