Applying for a patent

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).