Tools and research

Resources to support small businesses, legal practitioners and teachers through their intellectual property (IP) journey.

Educational resources

Before you protect your idea, it's important to understand the IP basics.

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    Types of IP

    There are four types of IP you can register in Australia.

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    IP in everyday life

    Whether it's your favourite brand of milk, the sneakers you wear, the car you drive or the flowers you grow, IP is everywhere.

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Non-disclosure agreements

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA), or confidentiality agreement, is a legal contract used to protect sensitive information that needs to be shared with others.

Trade marks Apply

Upskill on trade marks

Before you apply for a trade mark, it's important to understand what it protects and how it works. Upskill, our free online course, can help you master the basics.  

Trade marks Design rights Patents Plant breeders rights Apply Amend

Examination manuals

We review each new intellectual property (IP) right application. To help ensure consistency in our approach, our examiners are guided by a manual tailored to each type of IP right.