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1 Implementing a Single Trans-Tasman Registration Regime for Patent Attorneys Regulatory Impact Statement STATUS QUO AND PROBLEM DEFINITION Patent attorneys make up a small profession who provide specialist advice to businesses on obtaining and protecting intellectual property, especially on obtaining patents and registering trade marks. To mitigate the financial risk to businesses of receiving advice from unskilled persons, both Australia1 and New Zealand2 maintain independent, but similar, registration regimes for patent attorneys under which only a registered patent attorney may provide the following services for financial gain (“patent attorney services”):  apply for or obtain patents;  prepare patent specifications or other documents for the purposes of the patent law; or  give advice other than of a scientific or technical nature as to the validity of patents or their infringement. The regulatory framework for regulation patent attorneys under the Patents Act 1953 is considere...