About the consultation
The Arrangement between the Government of Australia and the Government of New Zealand relating to the Trans-Tasman Regulation of Patent Attorneys requires that a review of the effectiveness of the registration regime be undertaken within 5 years of implementation of the regime (by February 2022). This consultation was to help determine whether any changes or improvements should be made to the registration regime.
IP Australia has also used this consultation to help determine whether any changes or improvements should be made to the Australian trade marks attorney registration regime.
What we sought feedback on
We were interested in hearing from patent attorneys, individuals and businesses who use the services of patent attorneys, and other interested parties on how the trans-Tasman patent attorney registration regime is performing in relation to the objectives of the arrangement, which include:
- allowing for economies of scale in institutional arrangements;
- minimising regulatory and business compliance costs;
- increasing business confidence in the quality and standard of service provided by patent attorneys; and
- facilitating competition in the market for patent attorney services.
The consultation paper also included a section reviewing the Australian trade marks attorney registration regime.