Patent protection can be crucial to commercialising your invention, but what exactly is a patent, should you apply for one, and how do they help?

What is a patent?

A patent is a legal right to exclude others from exploiting your invention. For example, if your invention is patented, others can’t make, sell, use or import your invention without your permission. This exclusive control over your invention can help you dominate a market, attract investors, and provides leverage in commercial negotiations.

What do patents protect?

A patent is an intellectual property right which protects inventions.

Inventions can include any new and useful device, substance, method or process. In short, anything novel and commercially useful may be patentable, including software, micro-organisms and pharmaceuticals. Some notable Australian inventions include:

  • Wi-Fi
  • the Cochlear implant (bionic ear)
  • Polymer bank notes
  • the Hills Hoist clothesline

Can I patent my invention?

To qualify for patent protection, your invention must be novel. Essentially, your invention must be different from what is already known to the public. We thus recommend conducting a patent search to see if something similar to your invention already exists. Get in touch to learn more about our comprehensive patent searching services.

If your patent search yields promising results, the next step involves drafting and filing a patent application which satisfies the strict and varied patent requirements in Australia and overseas. Drafting patent specifications is an extremely specialised skill which only patent attorneys are qualified to do.

At Cooper IP, our patent attorneys are experienced in preparing patent applications across a wide range of technologies, including:

  • construction tools and fasteners
  • general consumer products and apparel
  • sporting goods, machinery
  • packaging
  • medical devices
  • automotive equipment and accessories
  • mining equipment
  • energy generation, recovery and storage
  • water treatment and filtration

Get in touch with one of our patent attorneys to learn more about the patent application process: