Is your idea, invention or brand available?

Before applying for your intellectual property right, you should do a comprehensive search to make sure that it isn’t already registered.

IP Search

Know which IP right you need?

Learn what you need to do to be ready to apply.

Want to make your great idea a profitable one?

Protecting your intellectual property is just the first step to commercialise your idea.

Find out more

SME Portal

New patent resources for SMEs

If you’re an innovative small to medium business we’re making it easier for you to navigate the patent system.

SME Portal

Upskill your business

Our five step education program

Understand the basics of IP in your business in five easy steps.

Upskill for small business

News and community

Stay up to date with intellectual property in the media and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

News, events and media centre quicktab

17 September 2020

The misuse of Indigenous Knowledge including art, culture, language or adopting a similar style is offensive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It can undermine cultural practices and affect the economic opportunities available for authentic products.

IP Australia and WIPO
17 September 2020

Join our ‘The Madrid System for Australian users’ webinar on 22 September, or our ‘Understanding Examination and Refusal Procedures in the IP Office of Australia’ webinar on 28 September.

14 September 2020

The Australian Government, and in turn IP Australia is taking this issue seriously, activating necessary precautions in line with our Business Continuity Plan (BCP).

IP Australia and WIPO
Tuesday 22nd September at 5:00pm

Join our webinar to hear experts from IP Australia and WIPO review the common classification of goods and services errors and provide guidance on how you can avoid receiving an irregularity notice.

Patent Examiner recruitment webinar
Wednesday 23rd September at 12:30pm - Wednesday 23rd September at 1:30pm

We are currently hiring Patent Examiners in various technology areas and are hosting a webinar to answer any questions you may have about the roles available.

IP Australia and WIPO
Monday 28th September at 6:00pm

In this webinar, fellows from the Australian IP Office will review the examination process in the Australian Office and the most common reasons for provisional refusals.

Advanced Trade Marks Enforcement webinar

Applying for a trade mark is a great way to give your business a leg up but it’s important to protect it afterwards as well.


In this webinar you'll hear from the team about:


You've got a trade mark, but what if it's being challenged?

Public consultations

As part of our commitment to improving our agency and the Australian intellectual property system, we regularly call for submissions from the public.

You can stay informed about our public consultations here.

You can also view our Policy Register which contains a list of issues that IP Australia is considering or currently working on for policy action or legislative amendment. We invite you to view the register, comment on issues or submit new issues for us to consider.

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Last updated: 
27 July 2020