We are Australia’s national science agency. Our work has affected the daily lives of Australians and those around the world.

With over 5000 talented experts working in 55 centres across Australia and overseas and a burning desire to get things done, we are a catalyst for innovation and a global force in transforming imagination into reality. 

We are a billion dollar organisation and generate A$485 million-plus in external revenue – essentially nearly 40% per cent of our revenue is externally sourced. We work with over 1200 small and medium-sized enterprises and 2,877 customers each year and are always looking for ways that we can help business and industry.

Our ability to achieve results is reflected in the quality of our science excellence and research. We are in the top 1% of global research institutions in 15 of 22 research fields and in the top 0.1% in four research fields. 

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IP Australia is the Australian Government agency that administers intellectual property (IP) rights and legislation relating to patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeder’s rights.

We contribute to the innovation system more broadly by using our skills and experience to advise government agencies and Australian businesses on how to make the most of their IP.

We provide valuable insights to academics, businesses and policy makers through our research and work with a range of international agencies to build and strengthen the IP rights system.

By contributing to the improvement of Australian and international IP systems, we are supporting Australia's economic development.

We are committed to creating an effective, efficient and accessible IP rights system and our vision is to have a world-leading IP system that builds prosperity for Australia.

Kiwi Innovation Network


Since its inception, the Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) has demonstrated the power of bringing together diverse players from across New Zealand’s science and innovation ecosystem to work towards a collective vision. Together, they are driving towards a globally-competitive technology sector that delivers significant economic growth and prosperity.

KiwiNet is the combined power of 16 of New Zealand’s universities, crown research institutes and other publicly funded research organisations. They are dedicated to taking a collaborative approach to transforming scientific discoveries into new business. Together, these research organisations represent a combined research expenditure of over $500 million and represent 70% of the publicly funded researchers in New Zealand.

KiwiNet’s partners that are working to drive prosperity from science and innovation are Plant & Food Research, Callaghan Innovation, AgResearch, Otago Innovation, Landcare Research, Lincoln University, University of Canterbury, Viclink, WaikatoLink, the Institute of Environmental Science and Research, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Cawthron Institute, Auckland University of Technology Enterprises Ltd, GNS Science, Malaghan Institute and Scion.

Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia


Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA) is the peak body leading best practice in industry engagement, commercialisation and entrepreneurship for research organisations. We achieve this through expert delivery of stakeholder connections, professional development and advocacy.

KCA is a platform for sharing experiences and achieving common goals as a collective across the member base. KCA provides the tools and opportunities necessary to spur on greater translation of research for economic and community benefit and create a more vibrant and productive Australian economy.

KCA is the united, trusted voice of members, advocating their needs and interests to stakeholders in the broader community. In a bid to improve the translation of research for economic and community benefit locally, KCA aids in analysing performance and supporting improved practices, promoting the benefits of the knowledge exchange sector to the broader community and advocating for change to enhance those benefits further.


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SODA Inc is one of five founder-focused business incubators in New Zealand, headquartered in Hamilton. 

SODA’s focus is on supporting founders of business with high-value intellectual property, or a unique business model to scale and export globally. Founders with good ideas can be found anywhere, which is why SODA’s incubation programmes are delivered remotely throughout New Zealand.

SODA helps founders to identify the best team of globally sourced experts relevant to their business and cover their costs while in the programme.

Gold sponsors

Clarivate Analytics

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Clarivate Analytics accelerates the pace of innovation by providing trusted insights and analytics to customers around the world, enabling them to discover, protect and commercialise new ideas faster. We own and operate a collection of leading subscription-based businesses focused on scientific and academic research, patent analytics and regulatory standards, pharmaceutical and biotech intelligence, trademark protection, domain brand protection and IP management. Clarivate Analytics is now an independent company with over 4,000 employees operating in more than 100 countries. We own wellknown brands, including Web of Science, Cortellis, Derwent, CompuMark, MarkMonitor and Techstreet. 

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Davies Collison Cave Pty Ltd (DCC), Australia's leading specialist IP firm, provides the full range of strategically-focused IP services throughout Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and other Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states.

Understanding, advising on and protecting clients’ intellectual property in accordance with their individual strategic business needs is our priority, and we are internationally recognised as innovative leaders by clients and professional organisations. DCC Asia Pte Ltd opened in Singapore in 2015 to ensure that our support for clients’ IP strategies complements their business plans seamlessly across multiple jurisdictions in Asia-Pacific.

Our people have a broad range of scientific and technological backgrounds, coupled with extensive industry experience and legal skills. Many are also leaders of local and international professional bodies that advise governments on IP policy and legislative amendments. This deep knowledge of the IP legal and policy framework directly benefits clients.

Our services include: 

  • patents;
  • trademarks;
  • trade secrets;
  • domain names;
  • copyright;
  • designs;
  • plant variety rights;
  • licensing and commercialisation;
  • litigation and dispute resolution;
  • technology, media and telecommunications law; and
  • privacy and data protection.



DibbsBarker is a commercial law firm with more than 200 partners and staff located along the east coast of Australia.

DibbsBarker is a leader in terms of the quality of its work, its people and its clients. We combine these with a personal service, flexibility, responsiveness and a deep industry understanding to offer a unique service to clients and help them to achieve their business goals.

Our IP team provides services across the full range of IP rights, including contentious matters. 

With experience in a diverse range of industries, including pharmaceutical, media, financial services, property and biotechnology, we help clients to create, protect and commercialise their IP rights and avoid unauthorised use of third-party rights.

We act for a wide range of clients – from start-ups to large international household names – which value our ability to see the big picture.

FB Rice

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FB Rice is a specialist IP firm with a broad range of clients – from Australian start-ups to global corporations. The firm has a reputation for providing pragmatic advice based on clients’ commercial objectives.

FB Rice has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and a dedicated network of associate firms globally. It is well known in the Australian market for its work with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and a range of research institutes, universities and innovation hubs that support emerging businesses. The firm’s attorneys are keen advocates of the important role that intellectual property plays in encouraging innovation and are known for developing IP strategies with high commercial impact.

Global corporate clients value the ease with which FB Rice enables them to coordinate their IP protection in Australia and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. They also value the firm’s strategic advice on maximising the impact of filing in these regions.

The firm provides advice on patent and trademark prosecution, as well as opposition and international filing strategies. All advice is provided within the context of clients’ corporate strategies and adapted accordingly. Technical areas covered include:

  • biotechnology;
  • pharmaceuticals;
  • medical devices;
  • information technology; and
  • engineering.

The firm has grown rapidly in recent years, developing expertise in emerging technologies and adapting to changes in IP management across the globe.



Established in 1965, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP is one of the largest IP law firms in the world. With offices in the United States, Asia and Europe, Finnegan practises all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law, representing clients on IP issues relating to US and EU patent and trademark law, international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, cybersecurity, e-commerce, government contracts, antitrust and unfair competition. Finnegan offers full-service IP legal and technical experience in virtually every industry and technology: biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, biologics and biosimilars, chemicals, electronics, semiconductors, computers and software, automotive, aerospace and aviation, industrial manufacturing, consumer products, medical devices, clean energy and renewables, robotics and three-dimensional printing.

Our clients’ businesses and IP assets are global and protecting these assets is increasingly challenging. With offices around the world and decades of experience assisting multinational companies, Finnegan has the resources and experience to formulate and execute global strategies. Our professionals are multilingual and multicultural and they work with clients in real time around the clock and around the world.

IAM Market


An online marketplace for buy and sell-side practitioners, IAM Market brings together people who see the commercial value of intellectual property and technology and want to do business together. IAM Market aims to simplify the IP transactions market, as well as making it more transparent.
It allows IP owners to profile their licensing, sales operations and technology transfer programmes, as well as provide details of specific rights that they are interested in transacting. Meanwhile, it allows IP buyers to search IP assets based on industry, technology and transaction type, while also facilitating requests for intellectual property and technology. IAM has no stake in or knowledge of the deals.

Shelston IP

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Shelston IP is one of the largest and most respected specialist IP firms in Australia and New Zealand. For over 155 years, our specialist trademark and patent attorneys and IP lawyers have provided comprehensive IP services and advice focusing exclusively on the protection, management, commercialisation and enforcement of intellectual property, locally and overseas.

More than just technical experts, our tagline “mind to market” encapsulates the firm’s thorough understanding of the processes involved in converting ideas and innovations into intellectual assets. Our unparalleled technical expertise and quality of service and advice in a commercially relevant context helps us to translate clients’ IP opportunities and challenges into commercial successes with sustainable local and global impact.



Watermark has a long history of partnering with clients to maximise the value of their intellectual property.

This approach is influenced by our understanding of clients’ businesses and the industries in which they operate and is geared to help them to achieve their commercial and strategic objectives.

We have a proud 158-year history in intellectual asset management. We are Australian owned and employ more than 70 people nationally, including over 30 IP professionals. Our services include patents and designs, trademarks, IP legal and advisory matters, and competitive business intelligence.

We have offices in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia and an international presence strengthened by a global network of associates in over 50 countries, giving clients access to local support worldwide.

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PatSnap is the leading IP analytic and management platform that empowers even non IP-proficient users to understand their competitive landscape and maximise return on IP assets. Through a simple yet powerful interface, intellectual property is now accessible to everyone, allowing users to compete and innovate on a global scale.

Founded in 2007, PatSnap is used by R&D, business and IP professionals in thousands of commercial and non-profit organisations around the world, including NASA, the Department of Defence, China Mobile, Goodyear and Vodafone.

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Bureau van Dijk is a Moody’s Analytics company that combines company and patent information for IP management and strategy.

Our background is company information – specifically, private company information and company hierarchies.

Our new solution, Orbis Intellectual Property, links global patent data to companies and corporate groups in an unprecedented way, saving time and helping clients to make better quality decisions.

Our services include:

  • linking patent applicants (106 million at present) to a network of 250 million companies, allowing them to see companies’ extensive patent portfolios and their corporate groups;
  • providing an ownership timeline for all live patents, so that clients can assess trends and the commercial appeal of new technologies;
  • monitoring M&A transactions so that clients can see when a patent’s corporate owner is involved in a deal as a company or an acquirer and track deals in specific sectors and industries;
  • identifying standard essential patents in a company’s portfolio, so that clients can see which companies own these ‘foundation technology’ patents; and
  • delivering portfolio and patent valuations for granted live patents and tracking valuation trends over time.

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Darts ip

Darts-ip is a global IP case and analytics provider. With almost 3 million cases gathered from more than 3,000 courts worldwide, Darts-ip is a global reference for IP case law. Darts-ip unveils previously unavailable insights on cases, companies, IP portfolios and technologies in order to support legal and business strategies on a global scale. It took 10 years to collect, analyse and build the right platform for users to access millions of court documents from all over the world. Darts-ip covers all of the main IP areas, including patents, trademarks, designs and models, domain names, copyright and unfair competition. More than 30,000 lawyers, attorneys, corporate counsel, judges and examiners worldwide use its services in order to strengthen their arguments and feel confident in their choices. Darts-ip’s case information is uniquely structured, as data is extracted from individual decisions by the combined efforts of our machine-learning algorithms and IP specialists.

Media partners

International Law Office


Launched in 1998, the International Law Office (ILO) is the nexus where global corporate counsel engage with the world’s preeminent law firms, and with each other. The ILO brand encompasses a multifaceted online resource for senior international corporate counsel, which provides tailored, qualityassured updates on global legal developments, a database of the world’s major deals and the legal advisers involved, and a comprehensive directory of firms and partners. Recognising its unique relationship with global corporate counsel, ILO is an Online Media Partner to the Association of Corporate Counsel, the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association Section of International Law, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and the European Company Lawyers Association.


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Lexology is the single most trusted online source of free, accessible and searchable global legal knowledge for and by legal practitioners, delivered to more than 300,000 desktops in over 100 countries around the world each day. Lexology offers a powerful research platform with an archive of over 450,000 articles in more than 20 languages covering 50 work areas worldwide. Endorsed by more than 100 associations, corporations and corporate counsel groups, Lexology is not only considered an invaluable resource of its kind, but also regarded as the industry benchmark.

World Trademark Review 


World Trademark Review is a bi-monthly, practitioner-led publication which focuses on the issues that matter to trademark professionals the world over. In each issue the experienced editorial team and extensive panel of correspondents provide in-depth coverage of national and regional trends, profile the world’s major trademark offices (including how they function and handle important registration issues), and conduct interviews with leading trademark personalities.


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