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What is a Patent Attorney?

PATENTS  |  COPYRIGHTS  |  REGISTERED DESIGNS 
  TRADE MARKS  |  REGISTERED BUSINESS NAMES
WHAT IS A PATENT ATTORNEY?
 |   WHAT IS A TRADE MARK ATTORNEY?
Although we are often mistaken for lawyers, in Australia the patent attorney and legal professions are separate (the word "attorney" means a representative - its original meaning before television convinced most people otherwise).

A patent attorney provides representation and advice regarding patenting and related intellectual property matters, such as preparing and filing patent applications for inventions, representation in matters before the Patent Office, patent oppositions and advising in relation to infringement.

A patent attorney has a background in technology, overlaid with further qualifications in the law and practice of intellectual property. A patent attorney has a degree or other qualification in a field of patentable technology - traditionally in science or engineering, though this has broadened over recent years - to give the skills to understand and assimilate the technology of our client's inventions.

The qualifications in intellectual property law and practice consist of a series of courses accredited by the Professional Standards Board. These courses were run by the Board itself but these are now outsourced to universities and academies, such as the Master of Intellectual Property course at University of Technology, Sydney, or the other accredited courses listed at the Professional Standards Board site.

The courses for becoming a patent attorney include all of the courses necessary to become a trade mark attorney, and it is usual that a patent attorney will also be registered as a trade mark attorney.

A common career path for an aspiring patent attorney will include several years, at least, working as a trainee patent attorney (also called a technical assistant) under supervision of a registered patent attorney while studying for registration.

The Professional Standards Board maintains the Registers of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, publishes a Code Of Conduct (PDF file) and administers the disciplinary regime for the profession.

Significant changes to the qualification and regulation of patent and trade mark attorneys came into force on 1 July 2008, including additional pre-registration experience requirements and mandatory continuing professional education. A summary of the new requirements has been published in a brochure (by the Professional Standards Board.


Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys - Intellectual Property Specialists
 Halfords IP, Level 7, 1 Market Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, AUSTRALIA T: +61 2 9264 8388 | F: +61 2 9264 1810