Philip Noonan is Director General of IP Australia, the Australian Government agency responsible for the administration of the Australian patent, trade marks, designs and plant breeder’s rights systems.
Since joining IP Australia, Philip has taken a particular interest in reducing patent application backlogs, which affect Australia as well as many other countries. He has been working within the Vancouver Group, which comprises the national IP offices of Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, on ways in which those offices can reduce re-work and duplication in the processing of related applications before the various offices.
Prior to taking up this position in January 2008, Philip worked in the Australian Government’s Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research in a variety of management and policy roles He also has experience advising on company law, international trade law, copyright law reform and consumer affairs issues.
Philip has a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Laws and is admitted to practice as a solicitor and barrister in Victoria, Australia.