As of 23 November 2013, all registered Australian patent and trade marks attorneys are subject to a new Code of Conduct – the Code of Conduct for Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys 2013. The 2013 Code replaces the 2008 Code, which became outdated once the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012 came into force.
Amongst other requirements, the 2013 Code requires attorneys to:
- have “appropriate competency” for work he or she does, and
- ensure that a new or prospective client is given a written estimate of the cost of doing particular work, and other information about the implications of doing the work, in terms of procedures, cost and timing.
The PSB’s news release can be found here:
The 2013 Code can be found here: