Patents accessibility review

Closed 31 Oct 2020

Opened 30 Sep 2020

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The Australian Government has commissioned an independent review of the accessibility of the patent system for small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Why we are consulting

The Australian Government wants to ensure that the standard patent system is as accessible as possible to Australia’s SMEs to protect their inventions in Australia and overseas.

The review is part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring our intellectual property (IP) framework supports the needs of smaller businesses. Led by independent expert Emeritus Professor Raoul Mortley AO, the review will:

  • investigate costs, processing times, advice and SME awareness levels
  • recommend options to improve access and support

Professor Mortley held initial consultations in August and September 2020 through targeted interviews with SMEs and other stakeholders. We have compiled the main findings from those interviews into a discussion paper.

We are now seeking feedback on the questions raised in the discussion paper. Professor Mortley will consider the submissions before producing a final report. The final report will be delivered to the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews.

What happens next

Our department and the Review Leader Emeritus Professor Raoul Mortley AO will analyse the submissions and prepare a report for the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology in early 2021.


  • Business peak bodies
  • Sectoral peak bodies
  • Individual members of the business community
  • Small and medium sized enterprises
  • Business
  • SMEs
  • Businesses
  • Business owners/operators
  • SMEs
  • IP profession
  • IP service providers


  • Business research and development
  • Industry-research collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Government information and services for business
  • Industry policy
  • Businesses
  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents