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National patent offices
The Australian Government agency that administers intellectual property (IP) rights and legislation relating to patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder's rights.
AusPat is IP Australia's search database that allows inventors, industry and researchers to access patent applications lodged and granted in Australia.
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
USPTO is the Federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks.
Canadian intelectual Property Office (CIPO)
CIPO a Special Operating Agency (SOA) associated with Industry Canada, is responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of intellectual property in Canada.
UK Intellectual Property Office
UK Intellectual Property Office can assist with getting the right type of protection for your creation or invention.
Japan Patent Office
The Japan Patent Office is a Japanese governmental agency in charge of industrial property right affairs, under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ)
IPONZ grants and registers intellectual property rights in New Zealand, including trade marks, patents, designs, plant variety rights and geographical indications.
World Intellectual Property Office
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the United Nations agency dedicated to the use of intellectual property (patents, copyright, trademarks, designs, etc.) as a means of stimulating innovation and creativity.
European Patent Office
As the patent office for Europe, it supports innovation, competitiveness and economic growth across Europe through services delivered under the European Patent Convention.
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