How to become a Patent Examiner

Patent examiners investigate patent applications and report on whether they comply with the requirements of Australian patent legislation before granting patent rights for new inventions. The work of patent examiners is technically complex. It involves knowledge of technical processes used in industry and advances in scientific research. It also involves making legalistic decisions based on their knowledge of patent law.

Personal requirements of a Patent Examiner

  • decision-making and research skills
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • able to work as part of a team
  • Australian citizenship or eligibility to apply for citizenship.



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