In 2001, the innovation patent system was introduced in Australia to provide a “second tier” of protection. Innovation patents are distinct from standard patents in that they have shorter terms (eight years rather than twenty) and are designed to protect inventions that do not satisfy the inventive threshold required for standard patents. Rather than protecting a brand-new invention, the innovation patent protects an incremental advance on an existing invention.Read More
Australia’s innovation patent system may be phased-out as early as July 2018.
Before the innovation patent system is abolished, potential patent owners should use this system to its fullest. We recommend that all innovation patent applications are filed as soon as possible to take advantage of protecting your IP under this low cost, low threshold registration system.Read More