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Patents Examiner

Patents Examiners investigate and report on patent applications to assess their compliance with the requirements of the Patents Act.

Overview

Patents Examiners investigate and report on patent applications to assess their compliance with the requirements of the Patents Act.

Day-to-day

  • assesses whether patent applications provide an adequate technical description of the invention
  • assess whether the patent rights sought are justified and match the invention's technical description
  • searches online databases to discover similar patents held in Australia and overseas
  • assesses whether the advances claimed for the invention are new
  • reports their findings to the patent applicant or the applicant's legal representative.

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To become a Patents Examiner

  • You need a bachelor degree in engineering, chemical science, chemical engineering or another relevant field to work as a Patents Examiner. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

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