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Resolving intellectual property disputes just became much easier for Australian businesses

10 July 2017

Mediation has been used globally to resolve IP disputes and shown to be highly effective with up to 70 per cent of cases being resolved.

Today IP Australia has released its IP Mediation Referral Service that offers Australian businesses of all sizes, including startups and entrepreneurs a low cost, less complex and more flexible alternative to resolve intellectual property (IP) related disputes. Access is now available to qualified, accredited and specialist mediation providers listed on the IP Mediation Referral Service.

The service will:

  • show Australian businesses that there are potentially quicker, more affordable , non-judicial  options when seeking to protect their IP rights;
  • assist parties in the selection of private sector mediators from a panel of qualified and accredited individuals or providers; and
  • encourage visibility of mediation services available for Australian IP applicants and owners.

Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Craig Laundy, highlights this service as an opportunity to increase engagement with the IP system. “The whole point of this service is to increase the value of intellectual property by providing cost effective options to protect it. One criticism of IP is it’s too expensive to protect, however with the IP Mediation Referral Service we are providing potentially cheaper alternatives to court action and making it easily accessible to Australian business,” Assistant Minister Laundy said.

This service is aimed at Australian IP applicants or owners with an IP related dispute, who now can directly engage with a private sector mediator and search by state or service offerings. Most providers also offer a national service via digital means.

The Director General of IP Australia, Patricia Kelly, is committed to pursuing IP rights for Australian rights holders.  

“This is a great initiative that will help increase IP confidence for Australian businesses. At IP Australia we have a strong emphasis on supporting startups, SMEs and entrepreneurs because they are large contributors to jobs, growth and innovation in Australia.  Providing access to affordable enforcement to these entities is a priority,” Ms Kelly said.

Media contact: Assistant Minister Laundy's office 02 6277 4345