Patent lawyer v Patent attorney

We are expert patent attorneys ideally placed to assist with a wide range intellectual property matters. We maintain good relationships with a network of patent lawyers and barristers with whom we often work closely. We can put together a team to match your goals and tailor our approach to suit you. Many of our clients prefer to keeps us as their main point of contact due to our responsive and reliable service and practical advice without legalese.

Sometimes incorrectly called patent lawyers, patent attorneys are experts who help their clients obtain patents and design registrations

Patent attorneys are experts who help their clients obtain patents and design registrations. They also advise their clients in relation to patents and design registrations. Patent attorneys have specialised qualifications necessary for representing clients in obtaining patents and acting in all matters and procedures relating to patent law and practice.

Technical and legal qualifications

In Australia, patent attorneys are required to hold a tertiary qualification in a field of technology that contains potentially patentable subject matter. Usually this is engineering, science or information technology.

They must also pass a series of legal exams which are typically taken as a part of a Masters of Intellectual Property Law.

Officially registered

To practise as a patent attorney in Australia, the person must be registered with the Professional Standards Board for Patents and Trade Marks Attorneys. They do not have to be a lawyer, although an in-depth understanding of Australian patent law is essential.

Other titles

The titles ‘patent agent’ and ‘patent lawyer’ are also used in some jurisdictions. In Australia, patent attorneys are often called ‘patent lawyers’, although strictly speaking the terms are not interchangeable. ‘Patent lawyer’ should only be used if the person is qualified as a lawyer. A person can be both a patent lawyer and patent attorney.

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