Last updated: 
30 May 2016

A provisional application does not offer any patent protection on its own. It is a placeholder that allows you time to research and seek professional advice on your best patenting option.

In order to claim priority from your provisional application, you have 12 months to file a standard or innovation patent application or a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) application.

During this time, we can perform an international type search for an additional fee. We will search worldwide for inventions similar to yours and provide you with a report on our findings. This may help you to decide whether it is worth pursuing patent protection in Australia and/or overseas.

How much it costs

Additional fees will be charged if you request an International Type Search or decide to apply for a PCT, innovation or standard patent.

How long it takes

You have 12 months to decide on your next step.