What is IP

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Intellectual Property (IP) is a term that describes the application of the mind to develop something new or original. IP can exist in various forms; a new invention, brand, design or artistic creation. There are various types of IP available. 

IP is an important asset in today's knowledge economy and should be strategically managed.

Protecting and managing your IP assets is critical when establishing your presence in the market. It is often the difference between success or failure.

Some forms of IP require a formal application and examination process before a right can be registered. Other rights come into play without the need for a registration process.

We administer patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder's rights in Australia.

Automatic rights for copyright and circuit layout rights are looked after by the Attorney-General's department.

Our glossary may help in explaining some of the terms used.

Last Updated: 14/10/2014

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