International protection and IP

To protect your intellectual assets overseas, you need to consider international intellectual property (IP) protection for each country you do business with.

This protection will help you gain successful entry to the market and minimise competitive threats. It's important to understand that every country has different IP laws, and although Australia has agreements in place to make it easier to obtain rights in some countries, international protection can be costly and complicated.

Are you an exporter of goods or services?

Before you export, it's important to understand that every country has different IP laws. Although Australia has international agreements in place to make it easier to obtain rights in some countries, applying for IP protection overseas can be costly and complicated. Ensure you're aware of all the rules, limitations and costs involved before seeking international IP protection.

What to do...

  • Go to the IP Australia website for:
    • international patent applications 
    • international trade marks 
    • international design applications 
    • protecting your plant variety overseas .
  • Find out about circuit layout protection .
  • Visit the World Intellectual Property Organisation to find information on international IP protection and access international databases.
  • Consult an IP Professional or legal practitioner for advice and assistance.
  • Find information on protecting your IP overseas .
  • See what multilateral IP agreements are available to Australian businesses.
  • Check out what bilateral and plurilateral IP agreements are available to Australian businesses.

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