Structure, organisations and key people
The Professional Standards Board (PSB) administers the regulatory and disciplinary regimes for patent and trade marks attorneys in Australia.
The PSB is established under section 227A of the Patents Act 1990. Its role includes:
• approving the academic qualifications required to become patent and trade marks attorneys
• accrediting courses that satisfy the knowledge requirements for registration
• investigating complaints made about the professional conduct of a registered attorney and determining whether the attorney has a case to answer before the Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys Disciplinary Tribunal.
The PSB does not register patent and trade marks attorneys. That function is the responsibility of the Designated Manager, Patricia Kelly, Director General, IP Australia. The Designated Manager is appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Industry and Science.
IP Australia provides secretariat services to the PSB.
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