IP Australia is a Government agency with a passion for bright ideas. We offer a flexible workplace and rewarding career paths in the fast-growing world of intellectual property (IP). If you get excited by creativity, innovation and breakthrough technologies, you should consider applying for a job with us.

Patent and Trade Mark Examiners are among the first people to see new developments in science, technology and marketing. Patent Examiners assess detailed written descriptions of inventions and associated claims to determine whether the application meets the legislative requirements of the Patents Act 1990. Trade Mark Examiners review trade mark applications to make sure they meet the requirements for registration under the Trade Marks Act 1995.

When you join IP Australia as an Examiner we provide you with two years of combined formal and on-the-job training to equip you with the legal and procedural skills you will need in your job. As you progress through the program, your salary increases too. Upon finishing the program, you will have secure ongoing employment.

We look for people with the following qualities and skills:

  • highly developed research, analytical and conceptual thinking
  • ability to understand and articulate complex ideas
  • sound decision making
  • ability to apply legal concepts
  • desire for continued learning 
  • ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Patent Examiners will require a degree in a relevant area of science and technology; or a diploma together with appropriate industry experience.

To be notified of any upcoming Patent or Trade Mark Examiner roles, register your interest on the IP Australia Web Recruitment system. Please note that registering your interest does not mean that you are considered for upcoming roles. You need to apply to upcoming Examiner roles individually when the register alerts you to them.