Our work usually starts with your simple phone call or email enquiry.

As we discuss your reasons for calling we’ll usually ask you what your objectives are in obtaining assistance from a patent and trade mark attorney.


If you’re trying to protect an invention, we will ask:

  • Who created the invention?
  • Who owns the invention?
  • How have you used the invention (to date)?
  • Have you performed any searching to see if the invention is already in the public domain?

Sometimes people call when they’ve developed a large prototype of their invention in their workshop or factory. In those cases our attorneys often visit them at their premises so they can explain the prototype to us and we can get a good understanding of how it works


If you need help with trade mark related issues then our questions are likely to be about:

  • The products you sell;
  • Where you sell your products;
  • How you brand your products; and
  • If you know of any competitors using similar branding.


It may turn out after we’ve met and looked into your situation in detail that you don’t actually need a patent and trade mark attorney at all. If that’s the case then we’ll thank you for your call and do our best to direct you towards an appropriate professional.


If we believe that we can help you then we’ll confirm our understanding of what you want done and provide you with an estimate of the cost and time frame that’s involved.  We’ll also give you a letter setting out the terms of our working relationship for you to review and we’ll ask you to raise any questions you might have.


If you would like more information to see if we are the right attorneys to help you then don’t hesitate to contact us. We enjoy learning about prospective client’s issues and challenges. We’ll be pleased to answer your intellectual property related questions.

“Michael, many thanks for your help in getting Cirrus’ US and Australian patents granted.

It’s great to deal with a patent attorney that understands complex communications software and electro-magnetic sensor system technologies.”


–Peter Freed – Managing Director, Cirrus Real Time Processing Systems Pty. Ltd – Sydney


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