Intellectual property protection in Australia

Intellectual Property in Australia

1. Australia general info

Australia is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the North; the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the Northeast; and New Zealand to the Southeast.

International Country Code:   AU

Time zone:   UTC +10                             

Currency:  Australian dollar (AUD)

Brief information about Patent registration in Australia (non-PCT)

Brief information about Patent registration in Australia (PCT national phase)

Brief information about Trademark registration in Australia

Brief information about Industrial Design registration in Australia

2. IP Legal Base in Australia

Patents Act
Designs Act
Trade Marks Act
Plant Breeder's Rights Act
Copyright Act
Circuit Layouts Act

3. International organizations/agreements

Patent Law Treaty
Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Trademark Law Treaty
Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
Brussels Convention Relating to the Distribution of Programme-Carrying Signals Transmitted by Satellite
Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Micro-organisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure
Patent Cooperation Treaty
Strasbourg Agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification
Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms
Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization
Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks
Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property

4. Patent Office Contact Details

IP Australia
PO Box 200
Woden ACT 2606
Phone: +61 2 6283 2999
Fax: +61 2 6283 7999

5. IP registration costs

Fees associated with registration of IP rights in Australia are available in the fee calculator.

Brief summary is based on the information provided by PIPERS on 10/11/2017
Please contact us if the above information contains any discrepancies with Australian IP Laws.

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