There are now available free of charge, on the Internet, a number of databases that can assist with the assessment process. Please note that we do not recommend reliance solely on these as a means of assessing you Intellectual Property position without professional assistance.

US Patents are searchable on US Patent & Trademarks Office, and Patent Lens.

Patents from other countries that can be searched include German Patents, PCT Patent applications, Canadian Patents and the European Patent Office.

Free of charge databases that allow Trade Mark searches are also provided for a number of countries.

Australia, New Zealand, United States of America, Canada, European Community and Madrid Express.

An indication of common law rights in Australia can be achieved through searches such as through the databases of The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) and Yellow Pages.

Further general information regarding Copyright can be obtained on the Internet from the Copyright Council of Australia.