Introduce legislation to require registration as a trade mark or patent attorney to conduct matters before IP Australia on behalf of others

At a glance

Policy ID: 79

Status: On hold

Priority: Low

Trade marks Attorney regulation

Issue summary

Currently anyone may provide services in relation to registration or prosecution of trade marks before IP Australia. Unsatisfactory services (due to lack of knowledge and experience) not only result in further time and cost for other customers to rectify matters incorrectly raised, but also lead to disrepute in the IP professionals industry.

A suggestion has been received to allow only a registered trade mark or patent attorney (or legal practitioner) to conduct matters before IP Australia on behalf of others.


IP Australia doesn't have sufficient evidence of a problem to justify action at this time.

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