A patent is a legal document that protects new and original inventions, substances, products, methods, processes and devices. It gives the patent owner exclusive rights to commercially exploit their invention for the lifetime of the patent.
Each country controls its own patent application process. IP Australia is responsible for processing and granting Australian patents.
The databases below provide access to current Australian and international patents, patent applications and lapsed patents.
Online patent databases
Australian patents from 1904.
US Patent Office.
Espacenet patent search
European Patent Office.
DOE patent database
US Department of Energy.
Subject databases that include patents
Limit results to document type - patents.
Select patent sources by clicking the Legal tab then the Patent Law link.
Patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeder’s rights.