For the public

The Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys (PSB) is a statutory body responsible for upholding the standards and regimes required by all registered trade marks attorneys and patent attorneys working in Australia. It is responsible for investigating and prosecuting complaints against registered attorneys and can act on information from any source, including a complaint from a member of the public.


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The client attorney relationship

PSB - working with the public

Complaints about patent and trade marks attorneys are heard by the Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys Disciplinary Tribunal (the tribunal). The tribunal is established under the Patents Regulations 1991.


Tribunal findings

The tribunal has a number of options open to it in dealing with attorneys who have rulings made against them.


Decisions of the Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys Disciplinary Tribunal

Recent decisions by the Disciplinary Tribunal


Making complaints against IP attorneys

Making complaints against attorneys – your rights

The PSB can act on information from any source, including a complaint from a member of the public, alleging professional misconduct or unsatisfactory professional conduct by an attorney.


What happens next

If you have a grievance with an attorney, you should first attempt to settle the issue directly with the attorney concerned. If this fails, contact the Secretary to the PSB to discuss the complaint.