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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Proposed changes to our fees

01 December 2023 | 1 MIN READ

We've released our 2024-2025 draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement and Costs Awarded. Tell us what you think about our proposed fee changes. Public consultation is open until Sunday 21 January 2024.

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IP Australia’s Annual Report 2022-23

07 November 2023 | 1 MIN READ

Our annual report for 2022-23 is now available. Check out what we've achieved and how we're working to ensure everyone can access and benefit from IP rights ownership.


Our new and improved Patents Manual of Practice and Procedure

19 October 2023 | 1 MIN READ

We’ve heard your feedback and streamlined the Patents Manual.