NSW patent attorneys act for patent applicants or patent owners, and in doing so, have a right of privilege in communicating with clients with regard to intellectual property matters. NSW patent attorneys can assist clients in filing, prosecuting (e.g. respond to examination reports) and upholding patent applications, in addition to acting for clients in patent oppositions and providing patent validity and infringement advice.

The Australian Government’s Professional Standards Board for Patents and Trade Marks Attorneys administers the registration of NSW patent attorneys, in addition to the corrective regime for patent attorneys in accordance with guidelines in the form of a Code of Conduct.

NSW patent attorneys may also be fellows or ordinary members of the Institute of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA), the professional body governing the patent attorney profession in Australia.

Qualifications of NSW Patent Attorneys

NSW patent attorneys generally must have completed both an engineering or science degree, as well as prescribed topics as per the Professional Standards Board. For example, the Master of Intellectual Property offered by the University of Technology, Sydney comprises a sanctioned selection of topics which NSW patent attorneys may undertake to complete.

Activities of NSW Patent Attorneys

The IPTA website additionally provides a short summary of what activities patent attorneys can perform:

Search for NSW Patent Attorneys

Patent attorney directories may be found across a variety of sources, including the internet and the Yellow Pages.

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