Understanding IP


Learn more about intellectual property (IP). Find out about the different kinds of IP, how they apply to you and how to make them work for your business.

Getting started

Intellectual property (IP) is the property of your mind or proprietary knowledge. Basically, the productive new ideas you create. It can be an invention, trade mark, design, brand, or the application of your idea.

IP explained

New here? Find out what we mean when we talk about 'intellectual property'.

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Protecting your IP

Planning ahead and seeking timely advice will make sure all your bases are covered.

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Educational materials

A range of teaching resources and educational materials to encourage an exploration of intellectual property concepts.

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What's Happening?

IP Summit 2018

Engaging an attorney toolkit

Everything you need to know about engaging an attorney for your patent application.

Engaging an attorney toolkit

Indigenous Knowledge: Issues for protection and management

Indigenous Knowledge

IP Australia is pleased to publish Indigenous Knowledge: Issues for protection and management, a paper by Indigenous intellectual property (IP) firm Terri Janke and Company.

Indigenous Knowledge Article

Commercialise your IP

An idea is of no value until it has been made into a commercial product or service. Protecting your intellectual property is just the first step to commercialise your idea.

Commercialise your IP

Registering your intellectual property can be an important investment. There are several ways to make your great idea a profitable one.

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IP toolkit

Managing intellectual property in a collaborative partnership can be complex for both researchers and businesses. IP toolkit helps simplify the process.

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Source IP

Source IP is our digital marketplace helping businesses and researchers connect and collaborate.

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Taking your IP global

Approaching a global market

If you’re thinking of expanding overseas, there are many options available to you.

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IP protection overseas

Laws and practices surrounding intellectual property will vary from country to country. We have information on some of the most common countries Australian businesses seek protection in.

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