A trade mark attorney (or trade marks attorney) provides representation
and advice regarding trade marks and related intellectual property
matters, such as trade mark searching and opinions, preparing
and filing trade mark applications, representation in matters
before the Trade Marks Office, trade mark oppositions and advising
in relation to infringement.
Registration as a trade mark attorney is regulated by the Professional
Standards Board . The qualifications for becoming a trade
mark attorney are a subset of the series of the courses accredited
by the Professional Standards Board for qualification as a patent attorney. Some
lawyers practising in trade marks law are also entitled to
obtain registration as trade mark attorneys.
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.