Last year 32,264 patent applications were filed in Australia.


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Michael Buck IP’s Brisbane-based Patent Attorneys help local inventors, innovators and creative people and businesses protect, defend and commercialise their intellectual property assets.

Call us to help you because we:

 Are the winner of the highly contested Beaton Consulting Client Choice Awards 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 for best boutique IP firm in Australia. – Our clients are highly satisfied with us and you will be too.

 We have the highest number of Google five-star ratings for a patent and trade mark attorney firm in Queensland. – Our clients go to the trouble to leave positive feedback and we will ensure that you will want to as well.

 We are regularly in the top ten firms nationally for preparation of provisional patent applications and international applications. – You will benefit from our long and extensive experience in obtaining IP rights all over the world. 

In 2020, 2021, 2022 and again in 2023, Michael Buck IP was the winner of the coveted Beaton Research + Consulting Client Choice Award in the category for Best Specialist IP and Related Services Firm.


Our experience in intellectual property goes back to 1994 - our patent attorneys have prepared and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications for clients in Australia and overseas. Our clients have told us they feel very secure with the professional advice they have received from our Australian patent attorneys.

A premium service, but not at a premium price

Our experienced Attorneys have worked at some of Australia’s largest intellectual property firms and a number of them have diverse experience working at in-house roles for multinational corporations. Qualifications and expertise in a diverse range of technology areas ensure that we deliver the best commercial outcomes for our clients.

Agility and responsiveness

At Michael Buck IP, we are big enough to deliver optimal outcomes but small enough to adapt and respond flexibly to client requests without compromising quality.


Have you invented:

  • something new (a world first)?
  • a commercial product?
  • an appliance or a mechanical device?
  • a software or computer-related invention?
  • biological invention?
  • pharmaceuticals?
  • business methods?

Products that can be patented range from simple devices to more complex – they don’t need to be ground-breaking to be patentable or commercially successful. To assess an invention for patentability and commence the process for obtaining a patent, your Attorney will require a description of the invention. We will help you determine the best strategy to secure a patent to protect your invention.


Intellectual property can be a complex area, especially if it’s your first time engaging with the world of patents. Our Brisbane attorneys will clearly explain the patent process steps and costs for seeking patent registration.

There are three main types of patent applications:

Provisional Patent Applications

The purpose of a provisional patent application is to stake a claim to the invention, for a period of one year. One of the main benefits of a provisional patent application is the securing of an international priority date for a subsequent complete (standard) patent application.

A provisional application may also allow changes to be made to the invention, which is important for technology still under development.

Complete Applications

A Standard Patent is often referred to as a complete application and has a term of up to 20 years. Standard patent protection is suitable for inventions that have a relatively long development and commercialisation cycle. Regardless of whether you have a provisional application, to have a patent granted will require a complete application. 

International Patent Applications

You may have heard of an ‘International patent application’, also referred to as a PCT patent application. These applications provide protection in a large number of countries (currently ~153) simultaneously for up to 31 months from the earliest priority date of the application.

‘National phase’ patent applications are subsequently filed at the end of the international phase and it is these national phase patent applications which may eventually mature into granted (and enforceable) patent rights. 


If you have questions about protecting an invention or concerns in relation to someone else’s intellectual property rights, take advantage of our knowledge and experience – Call us 07 3369 2226 to discuss your options or complete the form below and we will get back to you asap to ensure that your intellectual property position is as strong as it could possibly be.

Initial consultations, in person or by videoconference, are free, friendly and helpful.

Full Range of Services
Our team consists of highly experienced, registered patent attorneys with qualifications in engineering and scientific disciplines.
This means we are ready to provide professional assistance to help you protect your product, invention, or innovation.

We assist clients with patent matters including patentability advice, drafting, filing, oppositions and enforcement, searches (for both novelty and infringement) and renewals across all local and international jurisdictions.