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 (PBR)

Plant breeder's rights
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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New guidance on trade mark classification of emerging technologies

Trade marks Apply

10 August 2023 | 2 MIN READ

IP Australia have released new guidance on classification of emerging technologies in trade mark applications. Here's where you can learn more.

Talking Indigenous Knowledge with FICPI Australia

08 August 2023 | 4 MIN READ

Learn what we've heard from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about what's needed in intellectual property (IP) law, and what we're doing about it.