Public Sector


Public Sector

We are a preferred partner for patent management for multiple public sector institutions including national universities, scientific innovation “think tanks” and other government offices and healthcare providers.

We believe in immersing ourselves within these institutions and adding value through running educational sessions, advising on matters as a trusted partner as well as managing patent and design applications across a broad range of technologies.

In Australia, Spruson & Ferguson has a long association with the public sector, and we have handled various patent, trade mark and design matters for a range of government agencies, departments and organisations at local, state and federal levels. These include universities and education departments, hospitals and healthcare agencies, science, research, defence, trade, investment and communications services to name a few.

We are well known for our experience and expertise in working with government agencies and departments on IP education and training. Our strengths in the biotechnology field were recognised by the Commonwealth Government of Australia when a multi-departmental government agency, Biotechnology Australia, commissioned Spruson & Ferguson to present a training course to over 550 participants around Australia. As an accompanying text for the course we developed the Biotechnology IP Manual which has now acquired international recognition as a valuable resource. We were also responsible for the Australian Government IP Manual for Australian Government Agencies commissioned by the Attorney-General office.

We have a proud history of working with some of the region’s leading universities and these relationships have allowed us to develop in-depth knowledge of the structures, practices and operations of these organisations as well as a deep understanding of the requirements of a university’s IP portfolio.



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