What can be patented

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:

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. 

Last updated: 
30 May 2016