How to patent a product or idea?

I'm thinking of patenting an idea I had in mind. What are some steps I should take?

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Jacqui Pryor

Jacqui Pryor, Director at

Hi Kylie - I'm not a patent attorney so this is all 'for info purposes' but hope it helps. 

Typically, you don't patent "ideas" - a patent is the right granted to a method, process, substance or device that is new, inventive and useful. New is quite important here - don't disclose your idea to any one else unless they have signed an NDA and/or until you have spoken with a patent attorney to determine if your 'idea' includes patentable properties. 

If you're in Australia, you can find some basic information at the patent office's website 

Patents are a complex area within Intellectual Property so if you feel there something to be protected, next step will be to chat with a patent attorney :) 

All the best. 

Katherine Hawes

Katherine Hawes, Solicitor at

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The important point to remember is that you must patent before going to market. It is also important that  you have NDA in place when discussing with third parties.  Generally it will require an expert report as well as legal advice.

Hatty Bell

Hatty Bell, Community Manager at

Great point @Katherine Hawes 

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