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
- Be able to demonstrate knowledge of IP law and practice
- Have approved exemptions for non-accredited courses (if applicable)
- Have at least two years of practical work experience with patents in Australia and/or New Zealand
Step 2: Gain approval of tertiary qualifications; and
Gain approval of knowledge in IP law and practice
Before you can apply for registration, you'll need to apply for approval of your academic qualifications and IP knowledge requirements .
You'll need to download, complete and provide an application for:
- Approval of your academic qualifications - Diploma or higher in a field that contains patentable subject matter
- Approval of your knowledge requirements - study the required topic groups
When should I submit my documents?
Applications for Qualifications - We recommend submitting your application as soon as you start to consider registration.
Applications for Exemptions - We recommend submitting your application based on non-accredited courses of study as soon as possible.
- If you're planning to apply for any exemptions for non-accredited courses of study, they must be approved before you submit your application for approval of your knowledge requirements.
- Some exemption applications 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.
- Some exemption applications can be approved by the Secretary. These applications will be processed and a result given within 15 working days.
Applications for Knowledge Requirements - We recommend submitting your application only after any exemptions have been approved and/or accredited courses of study have been completed.
- Applications can be submitted at any time as they don't require board approval.
How do I submit my applications for approval?
Submit your documents via email. They can be sent separately or together.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.