A patent is a legal document that provides exclusive rights to the inventor or owner of a invention for a specified period, typically 20 years from the date of filing. This exclusive right allows the patent holder to prevent others from making, using, selling, or importing the patented invention without their permission. Patents are a crucial aspect of intellectual property law and serve various important purposes:

  1. Protection of Innovation: Patents provide a strong legal framework for protecting new and inventive ideas, products, processes, and technologies. They encourage innovation by granting inventors exclusive rights, giving them a competitive advantage in the market.
  2. Monetary Value: Patents can have significant monetary value. They can be bought, sold, licensed, or used as collateral for financing. Inventors and businesses can generate revenue by licensing their patented inventions to others or by enforcing their patent rights against potential infringers.
  3. Market Exclusivity: Patents grant the patent holder a period of market exclusivity, during which they have a monopoly over the patented invention. This allows them to control the use and distribution of the invention, potentially leading to higher profits.
  4. Legal Recourse: Patents provide a legal basis for taking action against those who infringe on the patented invention. The patent holder can seek damages, injunctions, or other remedies.
  5. Incentive for Research and Development: The prospect of obtaining a patent can incentivise individuals and companies to invest in research and development efforts. The exclusive rights offered by patents can justify the costs and risks associated with innovation.
  6. Public Disclosure: In exchange for the exclusive rights granted, patent applicants are required to disclose the details of their invention in a patent application. This contributes to the public's knowledge and encourages further innovation by allowing others to build upon existing technology.
  7. International Protection: Patents can be filed in multiple countries through international treaties and agreements, providing protection for inventions on a global scale. Australian inventors can seek patent protection in other countries, and foreign inventors can seek protection in Australia.

To obtain a patent an inventor must file a patent application with the Australian Patent Office (IP Australia) which can be quite complex to draft and ensure the invention is protected. The application undergoes a thorough examination process to determine if the invention meets the criteria for patentability, including novelty, inventiveness, and utility. If granted, the patent gives the inventor the exclusive right to use and commercialise the invention in Australia for the specified period. Contact us if you would like to enforce your rights or need assistance to register a patent.


Back to Intellectual Property


Please enquire with any questions that you may have.

Please enquire with any questions that you may have.

Talk to an Expert

All we need is a few details and we'll be in touch. Note: If your matter is urgent please contact us on (07) 3180 3580.
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
Invalid Input

Address: Suite 5/120 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland.
Copyright © 2022 - Mott & Associates.
All Rights Reserved.

Information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. Please consult one of our lawyers for individual legal advice.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

Call Now Button