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Intellectual Property (IP) search

Before you begin:

You will need:

Note 1. Any credit card or a Visa/MasterCard debit card.
Note 2. The relevant serial number for each type of intellectual property will generally be the number issued by IP Australia, or, where one has not been issued, the application number issued by IP Australia.
Note 3. If you do not have an email address, the information will still be available online.

Search for Intellectual Property (IP) now

Online self service - $2.00
Assisted phone service - $7.00


The instructions in the section below are given as animated images which will play once the image is clicked, and, as text below the images. You may stop the animation at any time by clicking the image again.

We recommend conducting the search the day before or the day of purchase to assure purchaser protection. For more information on buyer protection, see searching and buyer protections.

Beginning your search

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  1. Click on the Search by serial number link.
  2. Scroll down to see the options under the heading 'What is the serial number search type'.

Enter the IP information

Enter the IP information

  1. Click on the Intellectual property option button. (You can also access this here: Search for intellectual property)
  2. Enter the identification number (Design number, Patent number, Plant breeder's right number or Trade mark number).
    Make sure you enter the identification number correctly, or you risk getting a result for the wrong intellectual property.
    Optional: Enter a Client billing reference, this reference will appear on the Tax invoice/Receipt. This can be used to search for transactions in your account.
  3. Click on the Next button to go to the payment page.

Pay and get results

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  1. Enter your credit card details as shown on your credit card.
  2. Enter your email address to receive your receipt by email
  3. Click on the Pay now button to go to the Search result summary page.
  4. Click on the Email certificate button to have the certificate sent by email.
  5. Enter your email address and re-enter it in the next field.
  6. Click on the Email button to receive your search certificate.

Why would I need to search the PPSR?

Before you purchase the rights to intellectual property (IP), you should check that there are no existing security interests on it by searching the PPSR. You can also search if you are considering taking security over any IP as part of a financing arrangement, or taking security over a licence to use or exploit the IP.

The seller may provide you with a search certificate as a sign of good faith and it can be verified by entering the search number again on the Register - see Retrieve search results. There is no charge for this, but if you wish to do another search, you will need to pay for the new search.

For further details on your search result and search certificate see: Understanding other PPSR search results.

For more information on buyer protection, searching and buyer protections.

What does this search cover?

  • Design number - relates to the features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornamentation which, when applied to a product, gives the product a unique appearance.
  • Patent number - a right granted for any device, substance, method or process which is new, inventive and useful.
  • Plant breeder’s right numbers (PBRs) - are exclusive commercial rights to a registered variety of plants and are a form of intellectual property and are administered under the Plant Breeder's Rights Act 1994 (Cth).The Plant Breeder's Rights Act is available on the Comlaw website.
  • Trade marks - can be a word, phrase, letter, number, sound, smell, shape, logo, picture, aspect of packaging or a combination of these. It can also protect brand names.

For more information on intellectual property, including patents, go to the IP Australia website.