Understand how a patent can support your business' success, and how to apply for one.  

How to apply for a patent

A step-by-step guide to applying for a patent.

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    1. Decide if you have a patent

    Decide if a patent is the right type of IP to protect your idea.

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    2. Search existing patents

    Search existing patents to make sure your idea is new and not already registered.

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    3. Understand costs and timings

    Make sure you understand how long it takes to register a patent and the costs involved.

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    4. File your application

    Follow our step-by-step guide to prepare and submit an Australian patent application. Then, log on to our online services to apply.

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    5. See the outcome

    We'll examine your application and let you know the outcome. If there's an issue with your application, you may be able to resolve it with the appropriate response.

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UniQuest, Australia's leading university commercialisation entity, reveals the importance of patents to their business strategy.

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Shining a light on IP protection

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Knog talks about the value of their IP and how they protect their innovative products.

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The Flow Hive used crowdfunding to launch their inventive honey harvesting product. Find out how it impacted their IP protection.