A patent protects any device, substance, method or process that is new, inventive and useful. It does not protect artistic creations, mathematical models, plans, schemes or mental processes.

A patent is legally enforceable and gives you exclusive rights to your invention for the life of the patent.

A standard patent provides long term protection and control for up to 20 years from the day you lodge your application.

Benefits of a patent


A patent:

  • gives you the right to stop others from manufacturing, using or selling your invention in Australia without your permission
  • let’s you license someone else to manufacture your invention on agreed terms or take legal action against people who are using your invention without your permission.

Learn more about patents and how they are granted.

Engaging an attorney to help you


An attorney can help you choose the right patent and can increase your chance of successfully being granted a patent.

Check out the Engaging an attorney toolkit for the how, why, what and when to engage a patent attorney.

Patent resources

Find out more about an international-type search.

Learn more about the free patent analytics report.

Check out the SME portal to access IP webinars, toolkits and information on IP basics, enforcement and commercialisation.

Learn more about SME Fast Track to help you fast track your patent application.

Find out more about the SME Case Management service.