Patents accessibility review

Closed 31 Oct 2020

Opened 30 Sep 2020

Feedback updated 1 Jul 2021

We asked

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

Independent expert Emeritus Professor Raoul Mortley AO led the review. He consulted SMEs and other stakeholders through targeted interviews in August and September 2020. We compiled the main findings from those interviews into a discussion paper.

We asked for your feedback on the questions raised in the discussion paper.

You said

We received a total of 22 submissions.

  • 10 from SMEs
  • 5 from peak bodies or attorney firms
  • 7 from university commercialisation offices

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.

We did

The submissions informed the Patents accessibility review report

Professor Mortley outlined 3 key findings and 16 recommendations.

The report was tabled in parliament on 27 May 2021. The Government is considering the findings and recommendations made by Professor Mortley.

Published responses

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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 Professor Mortley, the review will:

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


  • 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