1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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2549-15 Patents Examiner

Investigates and reports on patent applications to assess their compliance with the requirements of the Patents Act.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification or at least 5 years relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • examines patent applications to assess compliance with the Australian Patents Act
  • ensures patent applications do not infringe on previous patents
  • searches on-line databases to discover similar patents held in Australia and overseas
  • grants patent rights for inventions based on new technology
  • reports findings to patent applicants or their legal representatives
  • may supervise clerical or other office staff

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