Patents are legally enforced rights that give the patent owner the exclusivity to use their inventions commercially for the life of the patent.
They are granted to successful applicants for their unique device, substance, method or process, and must be:
Why are patents useful?
Discover the latest developments in a field
Access information that's not published in any other form
Find competitive product information
Find detailed technical information about a product, including drawings and diagrams
Protect your intellectual property
Avoid duplicating research and development work
Discover new trends in technology or product development at early stages
Gain evidence of research impact
Protect your intellectual property and facilitate new knowledge
Evaluate the patentability of an innovation or invention
Avoid infringement by identifying protected patents
Patents & intellectual property (IP)
A patent is a type of intellectual property (IP). IP refers to creations of the mind and includes trademarks, copyright, industrial designs and geographical indications.
Intellectual property laws and policies are developed internationally and federally, and by companies and educational institutions (including UOW), to encourage innovation and protect the rights of inventors.