Panelist Profile


Patricia Kelly

IP Australia, Director General (AU)


Patricia Kelly has been Director-General of IP Australia since December 2013. She currently also chairs the Group B+ of WIPO members which focuses its key efforts on patent harmonisation.

Prior to joining IP Australia, Patricia was a Deputy Secretary in Australian government departments responsible for industry and innovation from 2004 -2013.
From 2007 Patricia worked closely with the research and higher education sector. She led Australia’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope and represented Australia on the Board of the International SKA Organisation until 2017.

She was awarded the Australian Public Service Medal in 2013 in acknowledgement of her efforts to secure Australia’s bid to host the SKA and to promote public sector innovation.

Patricia has a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in communication.