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.
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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.

IP for businesses

Protect your business with the IP basics

Protect your business in 5 easy steps by completing our IP education program for small businesses.
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Plant breeders rights

New plant breeder's rights policy reports

09 January 2023

We've commissioned reports to explore the evidence base for changes to the plant breeder's rights (PBR) legislation.

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Trade marks Design rights

DesignByThem: IP and design

11 May 2021 | 4 MIN READ

How DesignByThem use trade marks and design rights for their unique products.

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Shining a light on IP protection

06 February 2020 | 2 MIN READ

Knog talks about the value of their IP and how they protect their innovative products.