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Australia: intellectual property documentation

A detailed list of the Australian intellectual property documentation held, with links to free material online.

Intellectual Property stock locations

IP Open Access: Always available in the Business & IP Centre

IP Reserve South: In secure storage, can be delivered to the Centre in typically 1-3 hours

IP Reserve North: In secure storage, can be delivered to the Centre in 48+ hours. If a nine-digit number is shown under "location", these can be ordered for use in the Centre by registered readers through Explore the British Library. Please type the number into the Explore search box to rapidly retrieve the record.

IP Reserve Material cannot be ordered for same-day delivery after 16:00. Sometimes the service may not be available all day on Saturday due to staffing. Some Reserve Material may not be available at times due to stock movements. Please contact us before your visit to check.

Authority

IP Australia

TitleHoldingsFormatLocation

Patent Specifications

1937 - to date
Applications: (A specs)1999 - 30 June 2011CD/DVDIP Reserve North
 32974/71 - 32258/99MicroformIP Reserve North
 1959 - 1975PaperIP Reserve North (015268627)
(Note that application numbers return to one every five years)
Granted (B specs)1998 - 30 Jun 2011CD/DVDIP Reserve North
 496938 - 701303MicroformIP Reserve North
 400001 - 496937PaperIP Reserve North (015268622)
 100001 - 296236PaperIP Reserve North (015268621)
 (NB: 168229 - 200001 not received)
Innovation Patents (minor inventions)2001 - 2002CD/DVDIP Reserve North

1906 - 1938

Granted (B specs)1/1904 - 4951/1936PaperIP Reserve North (015268619)
(Note that numbers return to one every five years)

Patent databases

Auspat (new patent database eventually to replace those below)1920 - to dateOnline
AU-A, B, C Patent Specifications (full documents for known patent numbers)1975 - to dateOnline

Indexes and abstracts

Australian Official Journal of Patents (with abridgements of Bs)1987 - August 1999PaperIP Reserve South
Australian Official Journal of Patents, Trade Marks & Designs: Patents Abridgements Supplement (granted patents)1981 - 1987, 1994PaperIP Reserve South
Australian Official Journal of Patents, Trade Marks and Designs (with abridgements of Bs)1936 - 1980PaperIP Reserve South
Abridgements of Specifications2245/1905 - 3677/1905PaperIP Reserve North
Australian Official Journal of Patents, Trade Marks & Designs: Patents Abstracts Supplement (applications)1981 - 1998PaperIP Reserve South
Abstracts of Applications1958 - 1980PaperIP Reserve North (015268626)
Abstracts of Applications (only printed if never granted or if granted version significantly different)1942 - 1957PaperIP Reserve North (015268624)
A Patents Index1999 - 30 Jun 2011CD/DVDIP Reserve North
B Patents Index1999 - 30 Jun 2011CD/DVDIP Reserve North
Annual Record of Patent Office Proceedings (name index and list of events by patent number)1992 - 1997PaperIP Reserve South
Index of Patents by IPC (cumulated)1920 - 1999MicroformIP Reserve North
Index of Patents by National Classification (cumulated, within each subclass listed by filing number)1920 - 1983MicroformIP Reserve North
Index of Patents by National Classification (cumulated, within each subclass listed by published number)1920 - 1983MicroformIP Reserve North
Australian Official Journal of Patents: Patents and Trade Marks Index (name indexes and lists of events by number, classified lists until 1949)1931 - 1981PaperIP Reserve South
Australian Official Journal of Patents: Name and Subject Indexes1922 - 1930PaperIP Reserve South
Australian Official Journal of Patents: Statistics and Indexes (name index)1904 - 1921PaperIP Reserve South
Derwent World Patent Abstracts1983 - 1998PaperIP Reserve North

Official Journals

Australian Official Journal of Patents (old law)March 2004 - to dateOnline
Supplement to the Official Journal of Patents (new law)Nov 2002 - to dateOnline
Australian Official Journal of Patents, Trade Marks and DesignsSep 2003 - 30 Jun 2011CD/DVDIP Reserve North
Australian Official Journal of Patents1987 - Sep 2003PaperIP Reserve South
Australian Official Journal of Patents, Trade Marks and Designs1931 - 1986PaperIP Reserve South
Australian Official Journal of Patents: Applications and Proceedings1905 - 1930PaperIP Reserve South
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: Patent Applications1904PaperIP Reserve South

Miscellaneous Patent Publications

Classification of Manufactures and Word Index (classification scheme)1960PaperIP Reserve South
Australian Intellectual Property Report (statistics)2013 - to dateOnline
Annual Report1972 - 1995PaperIP Reserve South
Strategic Directions (future plans)1989 - 1995PaperIP Reserve South
Client Service Charter1997PaperIP Reserve South
Systems Project Report1986PaperIP Reserve South
Trade Mark Systems Overview1986PaperIP Reserve South
External Users Access Preferences1986PaperIP Reserve South
Subject Classification1983MicroformIP Reserve North
75th Anniversary Booklet1979PaperIP Reserve South

Trade Marks

Australian Trade Marks Online Search SystemCurrentOnline
Australian Official Journal of Trade MarksJune 2005 - to dateOnline
Searchable Journal2002 - to dateOnline
Australian Official Journal of Patents, Trade Marks & Designs: Trade Marks Supplement1983 - Sep 2003PaperIP Reserve South
Australian Official Journal of Trade Marks1906 - 1930PaperIP Reserve South
Annual Record of Trade Marks Office Proceedings (name index, list of events by TM number)1982 - 1997PaperIP Reserve South
Trade Marks Name Index1906 - 1930PaperIP Reserve South
Catchword Index of Trade Marks490382 - 493499MicroformIP Reserve North
Consolidated Alphabetical Index of Constituent Particulars of Trade Marks (index of marks)1997MicroformIP Reserve North
 1906 - 1936, 1958 - 1963, 1964 - 1968PaperIP Reserve South
Index of single-letter trade marks1997MicroformIP Reserve North
Suffix Index of Trade Marks (TMs by common suffixes)1997MicroformIP Reserve North
Complete numerical list of trade marksStart - 752057MicroformIP Reserve North
Trade marks in force in numerical order1992, 1993MicroformIP Reserve North
Trade Marks Index (index of marks)1937 - 1976PaperIP Reserve South
Index of Constituent Particulars of Trade Marks (annual)1906 - 1932PaperIP Reserve South
List of Prohibited MarksNo date marked: early 1980sMicroformIP Reserve North
(Trade marks were included in the general official journal in 1931 - 1987 and from Sep 2003 on, and general name indexes in 1931 - 1981)
 

Registered Designs

Australian Designs Data SearchingAll valid between 1985 and todayOnline
Australian Official Journal of DesignsJune 2005 - to dateOnline
Searchable JournalJuly 2002 - to dateOnline
Australian Official Journal of Patents, Trade Marks & Designs: Designs Supplement1982 - Sept 2003PaperIP Reserve South
Annual Record of Design Office Proceedings (name index)1982 - 1985, 1988 - 1997PaperIP Reserve South
(Design information was previously included in the general official journal in 1931 - 1987, and the trade mark journal until 1930)
 

Separate state and territory systems pre-1906

 
New South Wales
Letters of Registration (analogous to patent specs)1 - 1560 (1855 - 1884)PaperIP Reserve South
Name Index1887-1900PaperIP Reserve South
New South Wales Index (annual) (classes, titles and name index)1887 - 1904PaperIP Reserve South
New South Wales Index (cumulated) (classified lists, name index)1854 - 1887PaperIP Reserve South
Patent Lists1887 - 1898PaperIP Reserve South
List of Letters of Registration1881 - 1887PaperIP Reserve South
Government Gazette Patents and Trade Marks1898 - 1904PaperIP Reserve South
Government Gazette Trade Marks1894 - 1898, 1905 -1906PaperIP Reserve South
Trade Marks Statistics1894 - 1904PaperIP Reserve South
 
Queensland
Letters of Registration (analogous to patent specs)1 - 570 (1860 - 1885)PaperIP Reserve South
Government Gazette Supplements1887 - 1906PaperIP Reserve South
Patent Classes and Abridgements1901 - 1902PaperIP Reserve South
Patent Lists1867 - 1886PaperIP Reserve South
Reports of the Registrar of Patents1887 - 1907PaperIP Reserve South
 
South Australia
Patent Specifications (including name index and title lists in each bound volume of approx 100)1 - 700 (1848 - 1886)PaperIP Reserve South
Government Gazette1886 - 1906PaperIP Reserve South
List of Trade Marks1867 - 1882PaperIP Reserve South
 
Tasmania
Hobart Gazette Patent and Trade Mark Notices1900 - 1906PaperIP Reserve South
Patent Notices1890 - 1899PaperIP Reserve South
Lists of Patents1858 - 1892PaperIP Reserve South
Trade Mark Extracts1869 - 1899PaperIP Reserve South
Trade Marks Name Index1866 - 1899PaperIP Reserve South
 
Victoria
Patent Specifications1 - 29 (1854 - 1856)PaperIP Reserve South
 1 - 5900 (1857 - 1888)PaperIP Reserve North (015268628)
Indexes to Patents and Patentees (with heavily illustrated abridgements)1854 - 1891PaperIP Reserve South
Patent Abridgements1880 - 1888PaperIP Reserve South
Abstracts of Applications (Ac- Bu)1854 - 1866PaperIP Reserve South
Abstracts of Applications (Metals)1854 - 1866PaperIP Reserve South
Patents and Trade Marks Lists1895 - 1904PaperIP Reserve South
Government Gazette Supplement1890 - 1895PaperIP Reserve South
List of Applications1881 - 1890PaperIP Reserve South
Trade Marks and Copyright1904 - 1905PaperIP Reserve South
Lists of Trade Marks1876 - 1883PaperIP Reserve South
 
Western Australia
Government Gazette Supplements1897 - 1906PaperIP Reserve South
Patent Reports1876 - 1900PaperIP Reserve South
Patent Ordinances1863 - 1868PaperIP Reserve South