Patent Examiner

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Tenure: Ongoing
Location: Canberra, Flexible Location
Categories: Science, Engineering, Technical
Division: Customer Services Div

IP Australia acknowledges that those with diverse experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds enhance our workplace and our capability for innovation.  Applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People, People with Disability and LGBTIQA+ people are encouraged to apply for any advertised position, that they may be suitable for, within IP Australia.

  • Apply your technical skills in research and analysis of patent applications
  • Inject your knowledge and enthusiasm into working with clients and business processes
  • Career development; mentoring; great team environment and broad industry exposure

Do you love your field of expertise? Are you passionate about innovation and have excellent reasoning and judgement skills? Do you have a strong sense of curiosity and a love for problem solving? This could be the job for you!

IP Australia is looking for Patent Examiners within the following examination sections:

  • Biotechnology: Using cellular and molecular biology to make, modify or identify products or processes, often involving recombinant nucleic acid technology and the analysis and use of genetic information.
  • Peptide Chemistry & Chemical Compounds: Peptides, nucleic acids and organic compounds, along with their uses and methods of manufacture.  Current preference is for candidates with a strong biochemistry background.
  • Immunology and Bio-therapeutics: Antibody-based drugs and immuno-therapies and their uses in treating and preventing human and animal diseases.
  • Polymers & Applied Chemistry: Polymer chemistry and polymer-based materials, such as coatings and adhesives, together with a good overall understanding of general applied chemistry, including equipment and processes for chemical production.
  • Pharmaceuticals: Pharmaceutical and personal care compositions, and their use as prophylactics and therapeutics in humans and animals.
  • Medical Devices, Medical Diagnostic Engineers & Scientists: Medical imaging, diagnostics, neurostimulation, bio-signal recording and processing, medical implants and prosthetics,  biomechanical devices, and CPAP masks.
  • Telecommunications, Electrical Engineering: high efficiency video coding, wireless telecommunications, encryption, and antennas.
  • Computer Science & Information Technology: machine learning, virtual/augmented reality, cyber security, image processing, cloud computing, and blockchain.
  • Physics: quantum physics, nucleonics, nano/micro manufacturing, semiconductors, measurements, and sensors.
  • Data Processing & Measurements: Data processing systems (specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, forecasting purposes), transmission of digital information, measuring electric and magnetic variables and geophysics, secret communication, education appliances, health informatics, traffic control systems and earth/rock drilling.

Position description

As a Patent Examiner, you will see cutting edge ideas and technologies and apply your technical knowledge, research, and analytical skills to assess these inventions.  You will be the public face of our organisation, working with individuals, patent attorneys, and businesses to protect their Intellectual Property rights. You will engage in a specialised training program to hone and develop your critical thinking, analytical, and communication abilities in this context.

To be successful, you must love your field of expertise, be passionate about innovation and have excellent reasoning and judgement. Strong communication skills, a strong sense of curiosity and a love for problem solving are all critical traits for an examiner.

Most importantly, you want to learn and apply that learning. You will be supported by a workplace coach through a competency-based training program to enable you to assess patent applications against legislative requirements, including whether the invention is new, inventive, and clearly described.  After completing training, you will work collaboratively in a team to search and examine patent applications, identify work group priorities and achieve team goals.


  • You will need to hold a recognised degree which is relevant to one of the examination sections being advertised. Your degree need not cover all technologies relevant to the section.
  • These roles are only open to Australian Citizens and are subject to an ENTRY ONLY pre-employment check. Other pre-employment checks may also apply.

For additional information please see the Position Profile below:

Download File Position Profile - Patent Examiner - Several - PEG.pdf

Would you like to know more?

  1. Access our website and see our case studies and FAQ’s.
  2. For more information check out these videos that showcase two of our Patent Examiners
    YouTube Video – Vivian,  YouTube Video – Alex.
  3. View our webinar on how to apply – details here
  4. Information related to the salary range can be found in IP Australia’s Enterprise Agreement 2017 and Section 24(1) Determination
  5. Please reach out to the IP Australia Recruitment Solutions team if you have any questions about the application process via
  6. If you have specific questions relating to the position, please reach out to the relevant Contact Officer – details found in Table A of the Position Profile - Patent Examiner.

To apply for this position, you are asked to:

  • Specify which examination section(s) listed in Table A of the Position Profile, your qualifications are most relevant to
  • Frame your responses around the position specific duties and position specific capabilities of the role (as set out in the Position Profile), and provide:
    1. An explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this position (limit your response to 500 words)
    2. Details of no more than two (2) professional achievements, within the last 5 years, that demonstrate your suitability for this position (limit your response to 600 words)
  • Provide a current CV detailing recent employment history which is relevant to the advertised position.
  • Provide certified evidence of your qualification(s) relating to the position.
  • Provide the name and contact details of two referees.

This recruitment process will be used to fill current vacancies, as well as future vacancies that may arise over the next 12 months.

NOTE: IP Australia’s head office is in Canberra and there is a satellite office in Melbourne.  Positions are available in Canberra. However, new examiners may, under exceptional circumstances, be located in the Melbourne office. Requests to commence work in the Melbourne office will be considered by the General Manager of PEG on a case-by-case basis.

Applications close for this vacancy at 11:55 pm on Tuesday, 26 October 2021.

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