Intellectual property (IP) attorneys are specially qualified to represent IP applicants or IP holders. IP attorneys can help clients file, prosecute (e.g. respond to examination reports) and maintain IP applications, for example, with respect to patents, trade marks or registered designs, as well as act for clients in IP oppositions and provide patent validity and infringement advice.
Why should I use a directory for IP attorneys?
An ordinary lawyer with Bachelor of Laws qualifications is not qualified to be a patent, trade mark or registered design attorney. An IP attorney is uniquely qualified to manage and execute the highly specialised process involved in preparing a patent, trade mark or registered design application, combining essential knowledge in both technical fields and legal fields. Consequently, most IP attorneys, and specifically patent attorneys, must generally have an engineering or science degree in addition to having completed a group of subjects prescribed by the country’s relevant board. In Australia the relevant board is the Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trademark Attorneys which, in addition to overseeing the qualification process for patent and trademark attorneys, also publishes a Code of Conduct and administers the disciplinary regime for the profession.
IP attorneys also have a right of privilege in their communication with clients in respect of intellectual property matters, allowing them to comprehensively understand new inventions and come up with creative ways to draft specifications in order to maximise protection for your idea.
The effectiveness of preventing competitors from imitating your IP depends, amongst other things, on how well your patent application is written and, most importantly, to what extent it is drafted to anticipate the ways in which potential imitators might attempt to circumvent it.
Directory for IP Attorneys
The internet or the Yellow Pages are often the first ports of call. The following are links to IP Attorney Directories.
- Patent Attorney Directory — directory for IP attorney firms operating in Australia.
- A list of registered patent and trade mark attorneys in Australia may be found on the Professional Standards Board for Patents and Trade Marks Attorneys website.
- A directory for IP attorneys may also be found on the IP Australia website.
- The Institute of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia website also provides an directory for IP attorneys.
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