IP Australia Consults On Incorporation Model For Patent And Trade Mark Attorneys

LAWFUEL – Australia & New Zealand Law Announcements – Consultation on the Incorporation of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys
IP Australia is consulting on the preferred incorporation model for patent and trade mark attorneys following discussions with peak representative organisations.

The proposed model provides for individual patent attorneys to retain personal responsibility for discipline and complaints; a Code of conduct to apply to all individual attorneys within a company; and an incorporated patent attorney company must have at least one director who is a registered patent attorney. There will also be a compulsory requirement for all patent attorneys whether they are incorporated or not to have professional indemnity insurance.

As indicated in the consultation paper, written comments are sought by 30 November 2007.

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