Protect the value of your ideas

Intellectual property (IP) rights protect your ideas. We administer IP rights for trade marks, patents, designs and plant breeder's rights.


Which IP right do you need?

Learn about the different types of IP you can protect.

Trade marks

Trade marks

If you want to distinguish your goods or services from other businesses', you may need a trade mark.


If you have an inventive device, substance, method or process, you may need a patent.

Design rights

If you want to protect the unique appearance of a product, you may need a design right.
Plant breeder's rights

Plant breeder's rights (PBR)

If you have developed, or are developing a new plant variety, you may need a PBR.


Check if your idea's available

Before applying, search existing IP rights to make sure your idea is new.

Applying for rights overseas? Search the existing registrations in all relevant countries.

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Want to get the most out of your idea?

Once you've registered your IP, it's up to you to manage it and enforce your rights.

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Protect your Indigenous Knowledge

IP rights can legally protect aspects of Indigenous Knowledge and contribute to your product's value.
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Historic global agreement recognising First Nations peoples’ genetic resources and traditional knowledge
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Historic global agreement: genetic resources and traditional knowledge

06 June 2024 | 2 MIN READ

We welcome a world-first treaty for recognition of Indigenous peoples’ genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge in patents.

Australian IP Report 2024
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Australian Intellectual Property Report 2024 is out now

21 May 2024 | 2 MIN READ

New IP Report reveals economic bright spot for Australia as domestic IP filings increase.

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TM Checker results are in – it’s a success!

30 April 2024 | 2 MIN READ

Our TM Checker tool successfully exits pilot, empowering small businesses with AI-driven trade mark assistance.