- Trade marks
- Plant breeder's rights
- Understanding IP
- IP infringement
Searching can help you see whether there is anything similar in the market place which may affect the likelihood of your invention gaining patent protection. It can also be useful to obtain competitive product information and to make sure your product does not infringe someone else’s patent.
Find out what is required to gain a patent and the benefits of a patent protection.
Time and costs
Fees are payable at different stages during the patent process and will depend on the type of application you are making.
Types of patents
The two types of patents granted in Australia are the standard patent and the innovation patent. Find out about the differences in the type of inventions they cover and the length of protection they offer. We also explore the advantages of provisional and international applications.
Find out what a design right is and gain an overview of the time and costs involved. Also learn about what designs can't be registered.
Registration and certification
A registered design helps give your business a competitive edge. Taking the next step to certify your design gives you the legal rights to defend it.
If you plan on marketing your product overseas, you will need to consider registering your Australian registered design to help protect your product.
Plant breeder's rights (PBR) are used to protect new varieties of plants that are distinct, uniform and stable.
PBR in detail
PBR legislation also covers essentially derived varieties and farm saved seed. An advisory committee advises on any technical issues, and can sometimes grant PBR extensions.
PBR used with other IP rights
Different combinations of intellectual property rights can be used to add value to a single plant variety. Trade marks and patents are most commonly used with plant breeder’s rights
Time and costs
The length of the registration process can depend on the variety you are growing. The length of protection is also different for some species. Application fees, certificate fees and renewal fees apply.
Trade mark basics
Find out what a trade mark is and learn about the differences between a trade mark and a design right, business name or domain name.
Types of trade marks
A trade mark is not limited to being a corporate logo. It could also be a jingle, your business name painted on the side of your truck or even a scent.
Benefits of a trade mark
A trade mark can be your most valuable marketing tool. It is your business identity that helps you promote your products or services.
The examination process is where we check your application to make sure it contains all the correct information and meets legislative requirements.