IP Australia has updated and redesigned its Australian patents search system, AusPat. First introduced in 2010, the system now features improved search interfaces, a new subscription interface, redesigned email alerts messages, a dedicated learning page and refreshed results and application details pages.
AusPat aims to provide a single point of information on Australian patents, and contains over 1.5 million patent records going back to 1904, with constant record updates enriching the database.
IP Australia is an agency within the Department of Industry, and is responsible for administering intellectual property rights and legislation pertaining to patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeder’s rights.
The agency received funding of $63.4 million over 15 years in the 2011-12 Budget for an overhaul of its business systems. It contracted Pegasystems in November 2013 for the provision of a case management framework under a $4.7 million four-year agreement.