Ryan Tilley and Huy Nguyen came up with an innovative idea to allow wheelchair users to access the beach and other off-road areas.
A patent is a right that is granted for any device, substance, method or process that is new, inventive and useful.
A patent is a legally enforceable right to commercially exploit the invention for the life of the patent.
Find out about the application process
A provisional application allows you to establish the filing date of your invention while you decide whether to continue the patenting process.
A standard patent gives you long-term protection and control over your patent for up to 20 years.
A PCT application allows you to file one international application for one or more countries that are part of the Treaty (over 140 countries including Australia).
Maintaining your patent
Effective management of your patent is important to maintain its value. It is your responsibility to pay annual renewal fees and protect your patent against infringement.
Opposition and re-examination
If you believe an invention should not be patented you can file for opposition. You may wish to provide information that demonstrates a patent needs to be revoked or re-examined. You can also contest the ownership of an invention.
20 June 2022
Following the success of the pilot phase, IP Australia and the European Patent Office (EPO) have agreed to continue the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program.
27 April 2022
We are pleased to advise that our annual Customer Satisfaction Survey is now open to all IP Australia customers.