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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.
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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).
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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.
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High Court of Australia – Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Patents  HCA 29
On 17 August 2022, in Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Patents  HCA 29, the High Court dismissed an appea
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How did the innovation system respond to the Covid-19 crisis? The latest publication from the Centre for Economic Policy Research looks at what happened.