Understanding patents

Last updated: 
10 November 2017

Your invention must be unique and inventive or innovative in order to gain patent protection.

Patent basics

Find out what is required to gain a patent and the benefits of a patent protection. 

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Types of patents

The two types of patents granted in Australia are the standard patent and the innovation patent. Find out about the differences in the type of inventions they cover and the length of protection they offer. We also explore the advantages of provisional and international applications.

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Time and costs

Fees are payable at different stages during the patent process and will depend on the type of application you are making.

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Searching patents

Searching can help you see whether there is anything similar in the market place which may affect the likelihood of your invention gaining patent protection. It can also be useful to obtain competitive product information and to make sure your product does not infringe someone else’s patent.

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