Why choose a patent attorney firm?
The success of your patent is highly dependent on the identification of potential approaches taken by competitors and the immediate shielding of your patent idea as thoroughly as possible to counter against this. The chances of your “patent shield” being penetrated by a competitor depends on the quality of the drafting of the patent application, and to achieve this it is vitally important that you seek the services of a patent attorney firm.
What sets a patent attorney firm apart from other law firms?
A law firm with standard lawyers is not able to offer the same services as a patent attorney firm. A patent attorney firm consists of specifically qualified attorneys who are experienced in the highly specialised processes involved in preparing and prosecuting a patent. These necessarily combine both technical expertise and legal know-how relating to IP. A patent attorney therefore generally must have an engineering or science degree and certification for having completed a group of subjects prescribed by the country’s relevant board. For example, in Australia, the Professional Standards Board for Patents and Trade Marks Attorneys details the required topics, and also publishes a Code of Conduct for the administration of the patent attorney disciplinary regime.
Patent attorneys also has a right of privilege in their communication with clients in respect of intellectual property matters, complete with the experience to deal with new inventions and to formulate creative ways to draft specifications so as to prevent potential copiers from circumventing your idea.
Patent attorney Activities
The Institute of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) website provides a good summary of what services a patent attorney firm can carry out:
- Advise on intellectual property (IP), and help IP owners register and maintain their property
- Apply for and secure patents, registered trademarks, industrial designs and plant variety types in Australia and overseas
- Help transfer technology by licensing and other processes
- Conduct IP audits of organisations and products
- Determine whether a development is new and sufficiently inventive enough to justify a patent
- Determine the nature and ambit of inventions and prepare patent specifications
- Lodge documents with the Patent Office, and guide applications through the process
- They also service clients in managing their IP portfolios, advising on patents and registrations held by others, and advising on whether developments infringe or might infringe rights held by others.
Where can I find a patent attorney firm?
Here is a selection of databases for patent attorney firms:
- Patent Attorney Directory — directory service for the main patent attorney firms operating in Australia.
- A list of registered patent attorneys in Australia may be found on the Professional Standards Board for Patents and Trade Marks Attorneys website.
- A database of searchable patent attorney firms may also be found on the IP Australia website.
- The IPTA website also provides a searchable database for patent attorney firms in Australia.
Important Disclaimer: The information on this website is not legal or professional advice. The information may:
- not be correct;
- only relate to the law or practice in a given country; and/or
- be outdated.