- A single register of Patent attorneys for both countries, administered by the Director General of IP Australia.
- A single code of conduct, setting out the minimum standards of professional conduct and ethics required of registered patent attorneys in both countries.
- A single disciplinary structure, including a board, formerly known as the Professional Standards Board, responsible for investigating complaints against patent attorneys in either country, and a Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Disciplinary Tribunal, responsible for hearing any complaints and disciplining attorneys.
09 December, 2016
Australia & New Zealand to share single regime for Patent Attorney qualification and code of conduct after passage of Patents Amendment BillAustralia & New Zealand to share single regime for Patent Attorney qualification and code of conduct after passage of Patents Amendment Bill
[caption id="attachment_314" align="alignright" width="150"] Contact Fraser Smith for more information about patent and trade mark protection in Australia or New Zealand.[/caption] Since 1996 it has been the case that Patent attorneys first registered in either Australia or New Zealand have been allowed to register separately to practice in the other country on the basis of their existing qualifications. This ‘Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement’ is one of many examples of close co-operation between the patent regimes of the two countries. Under this arrangement, more than 500 patent attorneys are already registered to practice in both Australia and New Zealand, including almost all Fisher Adams Kelly Callinans attorneys. However, the passage last week in New Zealand of the Patents (Trans-Tasman Patent Attorneys and Other Matters) Amendment Bill has put the final seal on an increased level of integration. The legislation, and its equivalent in Australia (the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Act 2015), replaces the separate existing process and bodies for registering and regulating patent attorneys on both sides of the Tasman sea with a single regime. This has the following features: