Supporting Businesses and Innovation in Times of Crises: IP Australia Case Study

Published: June 9, 2020

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Michael Schwager Director General, IP Australia Canberra

With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries worldwide have been implementing more or less stringent social distancing and lockdown measures, and the operations of intellectual property (IP) offices have been impacted just as any other businesses or institutions. Many IP offices around the world have implemented emergency policies to limit their services, and some even have shut down for the foreseeable feature. For companies and individuals with worldwide trademark or patent portfolios, now is a critical time to be aware of any changes that may impact their IP management strategies – for the best or the worst.

Our guest today is Michael Schwager, the Director General of IP Australia, based in Canberra. IP Australia is the country’s IP office responsible for administering IP rights, including trademarks, patents, designs, and plant breeder’s rights applications. It was ranked in April 2020 in the Top 10 most innovative IP offices in the world, based on World Trademark Review’s analysis of 50 IP offices.

Related Resources

To go further:
About Michael Schwager

Also of interest:
IP Australia website
United States Patent and Trademark Office notices  about COVID-19
INTA’s 2020 Annual Meeting & Leadership Meeting Goes Virtual
INTA Daily News: Nurturing Innovation—IP Offices and SMEs

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