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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

JD: Hello everyone,

JD: I’m currently in Australia, but my English isn’t very good. I have a project that I want to register for a patent, but I have no experience and don’t know where to start. Does anyone have experience with registering a patent in Australia or internationally? If anyone has experience, please help or point me in the right direction.

JD: As a member of the US patent office, I can give you advice on the process in the US, though my knowledge is somewhat restricted to that jurisdiction. However, I can tell you that many of our clients in the US seek protection in Australia. Fortunately, there’s a really helpful treaty called the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), which involves most major first and second-world countries. If you file in the US, you can submit an application under the PCT, allowing you to file in any member country while keeping your early filing date.

JD: The same applies if you are in Australia. You can file in Australia, and if your application is in English, Australian laws will apply. Following the PCT from Australia, you can secure the same early filing date when entering the US.

About the Author
J.D. Houvener is a Registered USPTO Patent Attorney who has a strong interest in helping entrepreneurs and businesses thrive. J.D. leverages his technical background in engineering and experience in the aerospace industry to provide businesses with a unique perspective on their patent needs. He works with clients who are serious about investing in their intellectual assets and provides counsel on how to capitalize their patents in the market. If you have any questions regarding this article or patents in general, consider contacting J.D. at