Patent attorney; application for admission

The activity under the German title "Patentanwalt" requires a license according to §§ 5 - 29 Patentanwaltsordnung (PAO).

Description

Prerequisites

The prerequisite for admission to the patent attorney profession is, in particular, the acquisition of technical qualifications (Section 6 PAO), proof of the necessary legal knowledge in an examination (Section 8 PAO) and at least six months of employment with a patent attorney (Section 5 (2) PAO) or a certificate in accordance with Section 2 (5) EuPAG that an equivalent professional qualification exists.

Deadlines

none

Processing time

The Chamber of Patent Attorneys will decide on your application once all the necessary application documents have been submitted.

Required documents

  • Application form and questionnaire

  • Certified copy of the patent assessor's certificate and proof of academic degrees and titles, if applicable.

    (If the academic degree or title is included on the patent assessor's certificate, a copy of the degrees is sufficient. If you have acquired academic degrees and titles only after the patent assessor's certificate has been issued, you are requested to submit a certified copy of the degrees).

  • if applicable, proof of six months' work with a self-employed patent attorney pursuant to Sec. 5 (2) PAO

  • Proof of professional liability insurance

    (During the period of admission as a patent attorney, professional liability insurance must be maintained without interruption with an insurance company authorised to do business in Germany. The minimum insurance sum is 250,000 euros for the individual case of damage. The benefits of the insurer for all damages caused within one insurance year may be limited to four times the minimum insurance sum (Section 45 PAO)).

  • employment contract and declaration of exemption, if applicable

    (If you are in a permanent employment relationship with a company, a copy of the employment contract must be submitted as well as a signed original declaration of the employer, bearing the company stamp, that there are no obstacles to the practice of the profession of patent attorney. Please use the template provided by the Board of the Chamber of Patent Attorneys. You can obtain the template from the office. The documents serve to determine whether there is a ground for refusal within the meaning of Section 14 no. 8 PAO).

  • Copy of the identity card

  • Signed curriculum vitae in tabular form with photograph

Forms

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Zulassung zur Patentanwaltschaft
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Fragebogen zum Antrag auf Zulassung zur Patentanwaltschaft
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

Fees

  • The registration fee is 300 euros. The fee can be paid by bank transfer (also via online banking).

Remedy

The Higher Regional Court decides on legal disputes in connection with admission to the patent attorney profession (Sections 94a ff. PAO).

Links to more information

Status:15.02.2024

Responsible for editing:Bayerisches Staatsministerium der Justiz

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