Standard patent: A standard patent offers long-term protection with a term of 20 years, and up to 25 years for pharmaceutical substances. The approval process can take from six months to several years.
Innovation patent: An innovation patent protects inventions with a short market life that may be superseded by newer inventions. Innovation patents have a lower threshold for inventiveness, a maximum term of 8 years, faster approval process and lower fees.
Provisional patent: A provisional patent can act as a placeholder for the full patent application which is filed at a later date and gives you time to decide if your invention is worth the time, money and effort required for a full patent.1
Australia became a member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty in 1980, and is a signatory of numerous treaties and conventions including, but not limited to the following:
For information regarding how to file international, regional or national patent applications in each country, we welcome you to contact us.