Prescribed Subject Groups
The nine topic groups required by the relevant Commonwealth legislation for registration as a patent attorney or a trade marks attorney are all listed below:
Group A – (A1) Legal Process and (A2) Overview of Intellectual Property
Group B – Professional Conduct
Group C – Trade Marks Law
Group D – Trade Marks Practice
Group E – Patent Law
Group F – Patent Practice
Group G – Drafting of Patent Specifications
Group H – Interpretation and validity of Patent Specifications
Group I – Designs Law
The successful completion of topics A, B, C and D will enable a candidate to seek registration as a trade marks attorney in Australia.
However, in order for a candidate to seek registration as a patent attorney, the successful completion of all the above topics must be demonstrated.
The above topic groups are covered in post graduate courses in intellectual property accredited by the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board which are currently available at the following Australian tertiary institutions:
Monash University (topics A to E)
University of Melbourne (all topics)
University of Technology, Sydney (all topics)
Queensland University of Technology (topics A, C, E and I).
Exemptions from any topic may be available if a topic of similar scope and standard has been passed. For example, the topic of Legal Process (A1) may have already been completed as part of a law degree. However, practical experience alone is not sufficient for an exemption to be granted.
The Secretary of the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board may be contacted as follows:
Information concerning any exemptions and the approval of academic qualifications can be obtained from the Secretary of the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board.