Patent Attorneys Have Their Say
31 May 2011
On 7 April 2011, IP Australia and the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development released a discussion paper for a trans-Tasman patent attorney regulatory framework.
The discussion paper can be viewed here and proposes to establish:
- a single governance body for patent attorneys,
- consistent qualification requirements for registration as a patent attorney,
- a single register of patent attorneys, and
- a single disciplinary regime.
Public information sessions were held in Melbourne and Sydney, along with a webinar which can be viewed on IP Australia's YouTube channel.
The deadline for public comment passed on 16 May and eighteen submissions were received in total (PDF files):
Federation Internationale des Conseils en Propriete Industrielle (Australia) (FICPI)
Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys Australia (IPTA)
New Zealand Submissions
Federation Internationale des Conseils en Propriete Industrielle (New Zealand) (FICPI)
New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys (NZIPA)
New Zealand Law Society
PL Berry and Associates
For further information contact Geoff Sadlier or (02) 6283 2114.
Last Updated: 15/9/2012