Patent Attorney Requirements


How to become a patent attorney in Australia

In order to fulfill the knowledge requirements needed to become a patent attorney, trainees must complete the Master of Intellectual Property at the University of Technology, Sydney. This degree is completed on a part-time basis and usually takes two and half years to complete.

Whilst studying and throughout their employment, our trainees undertake training in all aspects of the patent attorney practice and receive guidance and support from motivated senior patent attorneys who are experts in their field of study. Click here for more information on professional staff benefits.

For more information on becoming a patent attorney and the associated registration process please refer to the Professional Standards Board for Patent Attorneys.


How to become a patent attorney in Singapore

The requirements to become a patent attorney in Singapore include two sets of assessment and an internship as follows:

Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law

The Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law course covers a General Introduction to Law, and then focuses on more specific topics under IP law, such as Patents, Trademarks, Copyright and Designs.

This course is jointly organised by the IP Academy and the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. Click here for more information on the course.


To fulfil the requirement for an internship, the individual has to have completed an internship working under the supervision of a registered patent agent for a continuous period of at least 12 months.

Qualifying Exams (QE’s)

To complete the requirements to become a registered patent attorney in Singapore the individual is required to pass 4 qualifying exams covering the following topics: patent preparation, patent amendments, infringement and validity and knowledge of patent law and practice. Click here for more information on the QE’s.

For more information on becoming a patent attorney in Singapore please refer to the IPOS website.


What we look for in a patent attorney

At Spruson & Ferguson we seek to employ and train motivated and driven individuals seeking a career as a patent attorney. To become a patent attorney you must have formal qualifications, bachelor degree or higher, in a field of technology that contains potentially patentable subject matter.

In addition to formal qualifications, our trainee attorneys possess the following skills:

  • A broad range of technical skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to understand new technologies in their field of expertise.
  • Confidence in dealing with clients and inventors.
  • An intuitive and analytical mind.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills with the ability to multitask.

Spruson & Ferguson is committed to supporting its trainees by providing payment for the course fees. In-house tutorials are also available to supplement studies so that our trainees can achieve the best possible results.


What a patent attorney does

Our patent attorneys are responsible for providing an integrated service for the protection, commercialisation, enforcement and management of all forms of intellectual property including patents, trademarks and designs. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Providing advice on the patentability of inventions
  • Preparation filing, drafting and prosecution of patent applications in Australia and other countries
  • Advising clients in relation to patent portfolio management
  • Patent watching and monitoring
  • Providing advice on interpretation, infringement and validity
  • Drafting declarations and affidavits
  • Assisting with prosecution and opposition work

At Spruson & Ferguson, our patent attorneys receive challenging work with a substantial local and overseas client base. We offer a supportive and friendly working environment with strong prospects for career and salary advancement as skills and experience grow. As a patent attorney there is scope for significant autonomy and we offer appropriate remuneration based on skills and experience. To progress your career with one of Asia-Pacific’s leading IP firms please view our current opportunities.

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