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IP Australia to launch major ICT systems refresh

by Pallavi Singhal •
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IP Australia will approach the market in January 2013 for case management software that will form a key element of its $63.4 million ICT overhaul of existing business systems.

The Case Management project aims to redevelop the ageing core Trade Marks and Design business systems with a commercial of-the-shelf (COTS) product that will streamline processes, enable timely and cost-effective administration of applications, and reduce maintenance.

In the 2011-12 Federal Budget, IP Australia received $63.4 million over 15 years for its Trade Marks and Design business systems overhaul, including $37 million to be spent in the four years to 2014-15.

Intermedium understands that IP Australia has been actively conducting market research to develop a consideration framework for the project for at least 18 months.

The agency intends to publish a Request for Expressions of Interest early in January 2013, according to a pre-release notice (PRN).

The case management product will form the basis for IP Australia’s case management framework, which will then be used to rebuild its major IP rights administration systems, says the PRN.

The Case Management project will initially be fully implemented for the Trade Marks system and developed as a prototype for the designs system, with an initial delivery of assets in 2015-16, according to IP Australia’s Draft Cost Recovery Impact Statement for July 2012 to June 2016.

In 2011-12, IP Australia received over 113,000 trade mark applications and provided around 60,000 trade mark registrations, and received 5,700 design registrations and provided 1,027 design examination services, according to the IP Australia report on performance.

The broader aim of the project is to streamline the agency’s four individual IP rights systems for patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeder’s rights into a single easy-to-use system.

“This will make it easier for you if you have many IP rights,” an IP Australia spokesperson told business news website StartupSmart.

 “One exciting part of this project will be the ability for you to discover details of all your IP rights in one place, those of others and further information that will improve the way you do business with us.”

Approval for the project was first granted in 2010-11.

IP Australia, an agency within the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education portfolio, is responsible for administering Australia’s IP rights system, including patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeder’s rights.

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