Under Australian law the Patent Attorney profession is separate to the legal profession whom may refer to themselves as a Patent Lawyers or solicitors. A Patent Attorney is an intellectual property specialist, registered with the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board, who is both legally trained and technically skilled. For example, at Caska IP our staff have post graduate degree qualifications in intellectual property law as well as honours and masters level degree qualifications in engineering and science. We also have technical experience in areas such as mechanical and process engineering, renewable energy, electrical and control engineering, computer software and business methods.
Due to the unique combination of technical and legal skills, under Australian law only a Registered Patent Attorney is entitled to prepare, amend and file patent applications on behalf of others before the Australian patent office. Similar to a Lawyer, a Patent Attorney has legal privilege in communication between the Attorney and the client. However, once the matter comes before a Court, a patent or intellectual property Lawyer is required.
Did you know that under Australian law a patent lawyer or solicitor is not entitled to prepare or draft a patent specification? However, many lawyers will undertake initial patent work before handing the matter to a patent attorney. Whilst some lawyers provide good initial assistance, please beware that a lawyer (even a patent or IP lawyer) most often does not have either a technical qualification (such as a degree in engineering) or the specialised knowledge in patents to fully advise you. If you are in any doubt, please contact IP Australia or the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys (IPTA), who can best advise you on the most appropriate type of professional to best serve your needs.
According to the Australian Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys (IPTA), Patent attorneys can:
Contact Caska IP Patent Attorneys to learn how we can assist you.