Patent Registration in Australia
Patents in Australia are granted and administered by IP Australia. Your invention must be unique, inventive or innovative in order to be patented. A standard patent gives you long-term protection and control over an invention. It lasts for up to 20 years from the filing date of your application. Your invention must differ in some way from existing technology. (this difference must be something more than the simple application of published information or standard background knowledge.)
Patent Application in Australia
What Types of Patents can be registered in Australia?
There are three types of patents:
– Standard Patent (Mandatory Examination)
– Innovation Patent (Examination optional, and can be requested by anyone.)
– Pharmaceutical Patent
In Australia you can choose to protect your product, process or invention by an innovation patent or a standard patent. If you want protection for an invention with a short market life that might be superseded by newer innovations, such as computer-based inventions, an innovation patent is worth considering.
Approximate Registration Time Table:
Standard patent – approximately 6 months to several years.
Innovation patent – approximately a month.
Minimum Filing Requirements:
The applicant (s) details.
The inventors’ details.
Claim: describe the protection scope of the patented technology
Abstract: provide the outline of the key technical aspect of the patent
Specification: provide written details and features of the patented technology
Drawings: illustrate structures or details of the patent
Standard patent – lasts for up to 20 years.
Innovation patent – only lasts for up to 8 years.
Pharmaceutical patents – can last up to 25 years.