Patenting your invention

Patents are powerful IP rights which protect inventions for up to 20 years

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 we’re sure you’ve heard of 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:

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

Can I protect my invention with a design registration?

Design registrations typically protect how something looks, rather than how something works. That said, if the function of your product is intrinsically tied to its appearance, then you should consider both patent and design protection. Click here to learn more about design protection.

Get in touch to learn more

MELBOURNE PATENT AND TRADE MARKS OFFICE
(BRIGHTON)

181 Bay Street 

Brighton 

Vic 3186

© 2019 Cooper IP Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

MELBOURNE PATENT AND TRADE MARKS OFFICE
(MULGRAVE)

5a Hartnett Close 

Mulgrave

Vic 3170 

TASMANIA PATENT AND TRADE MARKS OFFICE
(LAUNCESTON)

Level 1, 93 York Street 

Launceston

Tas 7250

MELBOURNE PATENT AND TRADE MARKS OFFICE
(BRIGHTON)

181 Bay Street 

Brighton 

Vic 3186

MELBOURNE PATENT AND TRADE MARKS OFFICE
(MULGRAVE)

5a Hartnett Close 

Mulgrave

Vic 3170 

TASMANIA PATENT AND TRADE MARKS OFFICE
(LAUNCESTON)

Level 1, 93 York Street 

Launceston

Tas 7250

© 2019 Cooper IP Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys