Code of Conduct Review
The Trans-Tasman IP Attorney Board has progressed to Phase 3 of this Review and released an amended draft Code of Conduct 2018 and draft Guidelines to the Code of Conduct 2018 for public consultation.
Expressions of Interest for Appointment to the Board
Expressions of interest are invited from persons who wish to be considered to serve on the Board. There is one current vacancy and another vacancy scheduled to occur in late June 2018. The Australian Government is seeking individuals with sound experience in intellectual property (IP) protection or IP law to fill these two vacancies. Patent attorneys and/or Australian trade marks attorneys with at least 5 years of post-registration experience are strongly encouraged to apply.
Transitional Period to Register as a Trade Marks Attorney Closing Soon
The trans-Tasman patent attorney regime commenced on 24 February 2017. Under this regime, regulation 22.15 of the Trade Marks Regulations 1995 (Cth) allows persons who were registered as a patent attorney in New Zealand immediately before the commencement date to apply for registration as an Australian Trade Marks Attorney. Interested attorneys are reminded that applications for registration under regulation 22.15 need to be received by the Designated Manager before 24 February 2018. Applications received on or after this date will not be processed.
The relevant application form can be found here