Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board

Industry, Science and Resources
The Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board (the Board) administers the regulatory and disciplinary regimes for patent attorneys in Australia and New Zealand, and trade marks attorneys in Australia. The Board is established under section 227A of the Patents Act 1990. Its role is to determine: - the academic qualifications required to become patent and trade marks attorneys; - knowledge requirements for a person to register as a patent or trade marks attorney; - accreditation of courses that satisfy the subject requirements under the Patents Regulations 1991; - exemptions from requirements of a topic group or groups based on prior study; - professional conduct of patent and trade marks attorneys; - disciplinary matters including complaints procedure; and - anything incidental to or conducive to the performance of any of the above functions.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    E. Statutory Office Holder Offices and Committees

  • Established By / Under

    Act / Regulation

  • Established By/Under More info

    Minister / Patents Act 1990 and Patents Regulations 1991

  • Paid Members?


  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members


  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Function Categorization

    Regulatory / Review / Inquiry / Commission

  • Creation Date

  • Postal Address

    47 Bowes Street
    Phillip ACT 2606

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair Prof Prof. Andrew Christie 20 November 2022 16 November 2025
Other Mr. Ross van der Schyff 24 February 2017 Determined by the appointer
Other Jennifer Hutchinson 1 January 2024 31 December 2025
Member Ms. Michelle Goldsmith 20 November 2022 16 November 2025
Member Mr. Jason Coonan 20 November 2022 16 November 2025
Member Ms. Lynell Tuffery Huria 10 May 2023 9 May 2026
Member Ms Viet-Chau Tran 6 July 2021 5 July 2024
Member Ms Kate Duckworth 6 July 2021 5 July 2024
Member Dr Karin Innes 6 July 2021 5 July 2024
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