Patent Attorney Careers

Freehills Patent Attorneys

Freehills Patent Attorneys is associated with Freehills, an international top tier law firm that has merged with Herbert Smith.  The group has a growing team of 8 partners with a team of 80 plus people.

Our clients include multi nationals, large Australian companies, foreign patent attorneys and companies, universities both in Australia and overseas and start-ups.

What is a patent attorney?

A patent attorney is a member of a specialised legal profession qualified to write, obtain and advise clients about patents.  A patent is a monopoly granted for a new scientific invention, relating to anything from computers and electronics to gene sequences.

How do I become a patent attorney?

To become a patent attorney you need to have a science or engineering degree, complete on-the-job training with a patent attorney for more than one year, and pass examinations in 9 prescribed subject groups.  There are postgraduate university courses offering various groups of these subjects at the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and the University of Technology Sydney.  Some subjects can be studied at the Academy of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys.

You will need excellent written and verbal communication skills, the ability to handle several projects at once and a good commercial sense.  Good people skills are also very important for explaining complex technical and legal ideas.

Why become a patent attorney?

Patent attorneys at Freehills Patent Attorneys are rewarded with a variety of intellectually stimulating work with a diverse group of clients.  You will work with interesting and intelligent like-minded professionals and be well rewarded for your qualifications and experience.