Last updated: 
10 November 2017

Find out about the application process

Provisional application

A provisional application allows you to establish the filing date of your invention while you decide whether to continue the patenting process.

Standard patent

A standard patent gives you long-term protection and control over your patent for up to 20 years.

Innovation patent

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.

International protection

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).

For first time applicants engaging an attorney can greatly increase the chances of success.

This toolkit is your step-by-step guide on how, why, what and when to engage your patent attorney. It explains the basics to get you started, and detail on how to engage an attorney for your project, so you feel confident in navigating your next steps.