In March 2013, the governments of Australia and of New Zealand signed the Arrangement between the Government of Australia and the Government of New Zealand Relating to Trans-Tasman Regulation of Patent Attorneys (“Arrangement”).[i] The Arrangement, which took effect on 24 February 2017, stated that the Australian legislation implementing the Arrangement would, among other things, establish the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board (“Board”), establish a joint disciplinary regime administered by the Board, and allow the Board to establish a trans-Tasman code of conduct for registered patent attorneys.
Clause 9.9 of the Arrangement requires the Board to conclude a review of the Code and make any appropriate amendments within one year of the date of entry into effect of the Arrangement – that is, by 23 February 2018. At its March 2017 meeting, the Board resolved to undertake that mandated review of the Code in parallel with its review of the Code’s conflict of interest provisions.
The Board have now released a Consultation Paper on proposed changes to the Code and invites all interested parties to provide feedback.
The Consultation Paper and instructions on how to provide submissions is available below.
Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board Review of the Code of Conduct Consultation Paper in PDF format [923.31 KB]