Business resources

Protecting your great ideas with intellectual property (IP) rights can lead to lasting benefits for your growing business. Here's some useful resources to help you get started.

Choose my IP tool

If you aren't sure what type of IP right you need, our Choose my IP tool can help point you in the right direction. 

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TM Checker

Once you've decided what type of IP right you need, you'll have to make sure the idea isn't already protected. To help make it easier to check if a trade mark is available, we're piloting TM Checker, our free tool.

How to check your trade mark 

Trade mark basics course

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.

How it works

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Trade marks Design rights Patents Plant breeders rights

Case studies

How Australian businesses are working with the IP system to protect and commercialise their ideas.


Our webinars provide useful information on a wide range of topics relating to the four types of IP rights we administer. Join us to learn, discuss and ask questions.

Design rights Patents Plant breeders rights Trade marks Copyright Other

Types of IP

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