Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
The Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Disciplinary Tribunal is established under regulation 20.61 of the Patents Regulations 1991 and replaced the Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys Disciplinary Tribunal (which was terminated as at the commencement date of the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Disciplinary Tribunal). The functions of the Disciplinary Tribunal are to hear and determine disciplinary proceedings commenced by the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board against an individual patent attorney in Australia or New Zealand, or an individual trade marks attorney in Australia, or an incorporated patent attorney in Australia or New Zealand, or an incorporated trade marks attorney in Australia. The Disciplinary Tribunal will comprise a President and at least two other Tribunal members. Under regulation 20.63 of the Patents Regulations, the President has to be a legal practitioner who has been enrolled for at least seven years, whilst the Tribunal members are current or former registered patent and/or trade marks attorneys who have been registered in Australia or New Zealand for at least five years. The Disciplinary Tribunal's functions and powers are performed and exercised by a three-person Panel of the Disciplinary Tribunal and may be exercised in Australia or New Zealand. The Panel Chair (usually the President of the Disciplinary Tribunal) determines the other members of the Disciplinary Tribunal who are to constitute the Panel. At least one of the Panel members must be a resident of the same country as the attorney who is the subject of the disciplinary proceedings. The President and all other members are appointed by the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.

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


  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Function Categorization

    Regulatory / Review / Inquiry / Commission

  • Creation Date

    1 July 2016

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair Ms. Siobhan Ryan 24 February 2020 23 February 2023
Member Mr. Mark Roberts 24 February 2020 23 February 2023
Member Ms. Kathryn McHaffie 24 February 2020 23 February 2023
Member Mr. André Meyer 24 February 2020 23 February 2023
Member Dr. Patrick McManamny 24 February 2020 23 February 2023
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