Are you a small or medium business wondering what intellectual property (IP) is and how it might help you grow and protect your enterprise?
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.
An innovation patent offers a much faster application process and gives you short-term protection and control over your patent for up to eight 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.
7 April 2021
We are currently processing a high volume of new innovation patent filings. As a result, you may experience a delay in having your innovation patent granted.
9 March 2021
The latest update to our online services is here, and it features an improved experience for our patent and plant breeder's rights customers.