WHAT IS A PATENT ATTORNEY? HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT FROM A LAWYER OR SOLICITOR?

A patent attorney is a specialised intellectual property professional who is qualified to represent inventors or patent applicants in front of the Australian Patent Office (IP Australia).

 

In Australia, a patent attorney is a separate qualification to being a lawyer or solicitor. IP protection can be quite complicated and a patent application must satisfy a number of stringent criteria in order to protect your invention and to allow you to enforce your rights, if necessary.

 

Australian patent attorneys have a technical qualification in engineering or science.  This means they are well placed to protect inventions as they understand the innovative and technical concepts behind how specific inventions actually work.

 

They also must have completed examinations for subjects stipulated by the Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys



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