A patent is a right granted for any device, substance, method or process which is new, inventive and useful.
A patent is legally enforceable and gives the owner the exclusive right to commercially exploit the invention for the life of the patent.
There are two types of patents in Australia;
You cannot patent artistic creations, mathematical models, plans, schemes or other purely mental processes.
Australian patents are administered by the Patent Office of IP Australia , a Federal Government organisation.A comprehensive list of patent terminology, including acronyms, is available from the IP Australia glossary