How to apply for a patent
A step-by-step guide to applying for a patent.
1. Decide if you have a patent
Decide if a patent is the right type of IP to protect your idea.
2. Search existing patents
Search existing patents to make sure your idea is new and not already registered.
3. Understand costs and timings
Make sure you understand how long it takes to register a patent and the costs involved.
4. File your application
Follow our step-by-step guide to prepare and submit an Australian patent application. Then, log on to our online services to apply.
5. See the outcome
We'll examine your application and let you know the outcome. If there's an issue with your application, you may be able to resolve it with the appropriate response.
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