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ENTSCH ANNOUNCES CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PATENT AND TRADE MARK ATTORNEYS

11 June 2001

11 June 2001           01/261

ENTSCH ANNOUNCES CODE OF CONDUCT FOR

PATENT AND TRADE MARKS ATTORNEYS

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Warren Entsch, today released a Code of Conduct for the Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys professions.

The Code has been developed by the Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys in consultation with members of the profession, interest groups and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

“The Code seeks to provide a balance between appropriate behaviour that clients should expect from a professional assisting them to obtain and maintain intellectual property rights, particularly patents and trade marks, and the obligations of a client to work with the attorney in an appropriate relationship to meet those objectives,” Mr Entsch said.

“Professional relationships between patent and trade marks attorneys and their clients are very important in ensuring that the intellectual property rights obtained are relevant to clients' interests and providing a basis for clients' to successfully use intellectual property rights in the commercialisation of innovations.

“Patent and trade marks attorneys have an important role in assisting their clients to both obtain rights themselves and to obtain rights that will support their commercial activity in the field of innovation.

“A strong professional relationship greatly assists that objective,”  Mr Entsch said. “Experience suggests that most disputes between attorneys and their clients arise where there has been a break down in the professional relationship either through a perceived omission or a misunderstanding by one or other of the parties. The Code will help to address these issues.”

“The Code of Conduct seeks to guide professionals by identifying particular characteristics of good professional practice and will apply to all registered attorneys practising as patent and/or trade marks attorneys.”

The Code of Conduct can be accessed by visiting the website of the Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys at http:// www.psb.gov.au

Contacts: Greg Doolan, Mr Entsch's Office:  (02) 6277 4656 or 0418 213 243

John Swift, Secretary, Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade

Marks Attorneys:   (02) 6283 2345 or 0414 924 503

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