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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UNDERSTANDING IP

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.
Patents

Patents

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

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.

IP SEARCH

Is your idea 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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MANAGING IP

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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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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Patents

Longtail UX: Patented digital products

29 September 2022 | 3 MIN READ

How Longtail UX stays ahead of the competition with their patented digital products.  

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Plant breeders rights

University of Adelaide: Almond breeding

08 August 2022

How the University of Adelaide’s almond breeding program uses plant breeder’s rights (PBR) to support the propagation of new almond varieties.