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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Jun 21, 2023 (Newsletter Issue 6/23)
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Changes to Organisational Structure

IP Australia makes some changes to organisational structure to ensure they are well positioned to meet their key objectives and improve service delivery.

This includes streamlining management positions to reduce hierarchy, improve decision-making, and provide quality and timely IP Rights in consistance with the Government's Reform Program for the Australian Public Service.

From 1 July 2023, key changes include a reduction (from two) to one Deputy Director General, Margaret Tregurtha.

Importantly, the statutory roles created under IP legislation continue to report directly to me as Director General, Michael Schwager.

Those Statutory roles will be reassigned from 1 July 2023 as follows:
• Commissioner of Patents and General Manager, Patents Examination Group - Andrew Wilkinson
• Registrar of Trade Marks and Designs and General Manager, Trade Marks and Designs Group – Kelly Sims
• Registrar of Plant Breeder’s Rights and General Manager, Patents Oppositions, Business Improvement and Plant Breeder’s Rights Group – Rob Crispe

There are no changes to the way clients engage with IP Australia, nor to any process or policy.