Finding patents

About patents

A patent is a set of exclusive rights to manufacture, use, or sell an invention for a limited period. They’re issued by governments in exchange for public disclosure of technical information about the invention.

Patent documents include applications, granted patents, amended or lapsed patents and more.

Each country governs its own patent procedures. In Australia, the body responsible for administering patents is IP Australia. The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) also allows inventors to apply for international patent protection across a large number of countries.

How to search for patents

Search for patent documents internationally or by country in patent databases using:

Where to search for patents

Browse patent databases and resources covering different jurisdictions.

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