How to apply

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A step-by-step process to apply for patent attorney registration.

Step 1: Check that you're eligible

To be eligible to register as a patent attorney, you must:

  • Hold an appropriate science or technology qualification
  • Have completed accredited courses of study
  • Have an exemption from the Board for non-accredited courses of study (if applicable)
  • Have at least two years of practical experience with patents work.

Eligibility requirements

Step 2: Get approval of tertiary qualifications and IP knowledge

Before you can apply for registration, you'll need approval of your academic qualifications and knowledge requirements.

You'll need to download, complete and provide an application for:

  • Approval of your academic qualifications
  • Approval of your knowledge requirements.

When should I submit my documents?

We recommend you submit your academic qualifications for approval as soon as you consider registering. We may be able to suggest exemptions you can apply for based on your academic qualifications.

  • If you're planning to apply for any exemptions, they must be approved before you submit your knowledge requirements for final approval.
  • Knowledge requirements applications that include completed accredited courses can be submitted at any time.
  • Applications for approval of academic qualifications or exemptions for knowledge requirements require Board approval. These applications will be discussed during a Board meeting, which are held three times a year. You'll need to submit your documents by a specified cut-off date ahead of the next meeting.

Cut-off dates for Board meetings

How do I submit my applications for approval?

Submit your documents via email. They can be sent separately or together.

Submit documents via email

When will I receive the outcome?

In most cases you'll be notified of the outcome within two weeks of your submission date, or if applicable, after the Board meeting. You'll receive an approval letter if successful.

If your qualifications or exemptions aren't approved, you won't be able to register at this time. However, you can complete further studies to support your application.

Step 3: Submit your application for registration

Submission of your application is a two step process.

  1. Pay the registration fee
    First, you'll need to pay the registration fee via IP Australia's online services. Payment through IP Australia’s online services is quick and easy. It should only take 10-15 minutes.
    You'll need to attach your receipt to your application.
  2. Submit your application

You'll need to submit the following:

  • Registration application form
  • Statement of skill(s) outlining your practical experience of patents work
  • Approval letter for academic qualifications
  • Approval letter for knowledge requirements
  • Receipt of fee payment.

You'll be notified of the outcome within 15 business days.

Common issues to avoid

  • All of your documentation must be under the same name with the same format. Any discrepancies will need to be addressed by a declaration.
  • You'll need to provide additional documents if you've undergone significant name changes due to marriage, gender transition or personal preference.
  • The person giving the character declaration must state how they know you (e.g. colleague, supervisor) and for how long. You can’t use a family member for this declaration.