Patent protection can be applied to a wide range of inventions. In addition to traditional inventions (such as appliances and mechanical devices) protection can also cover:
- computer-related inventions
- business methods
- biological inventions
- micro-organisms and other biological materials
What can’t be patented
You cannot patent:
- human beings or the biological process for their generation
- artistic creation
- mathematical models
- plans, schemes or other purely mental processes.
If your invention has military aspects, the Commissioner can prohibit the publication of your application in the interests of the defence of the Commonwealth. If this happens, a patent will not be granted.