International intellectual property

Keep your intellectual property (IP) protected as you expand your business overseas.

How to apply for IP overseas

How Australian businesses can take their IP to the global market.

  • Decide

    1. Decide if you need international IP rights

    Understand the basics of protecting your IP overseas, and if it's the right decision for your business.

    What is international IP

  • Search

    2. Search existing international IP

    Learn how to check if your idea is new, and not already registered in the country you're expanding to.

    How to search international registrations

  • Prep Application

    3. Understand the application process

    Look into the step-by-step process of preparing an application for IP rights in another country.

    How to apply in other countries

  • International

    4. Consider international agreements

    Understand the international agreements and systems that make it easier for Australians to register their IP overseas.

    International IP agreements

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Plant breeders rights

Aussie plants the seed of success overseas

16 November 2020 | 2 MIN READ

How an Aussie apple grower protected his intellectual property (IP) before entering the overseas market.

Trade marks Apply Enforce

The importance of Chinese language trade marks

31 July 2017 | 2 MIN READ

In China, the Chinese language version of your brand can be just as important as the English language version, as winemaker Penfolds® discovered. 

Plant breeders rights

Berry Sensations: import leads to local success

21 June 2021

Here's how Berry Sensations found success by importing and protecting unique berry varieties in Australia with plant breeder's rights (PBR).