Ethical Considerations for Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys

Tuesday, 11 June 2024
Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Patent Attorney Competency and Communication: It’s All About the Client


  • What does the Code of Conduct and Guidelines require now?
  • What are the likely future requirements?
  • Are all clients the same?
  • Acting on clients’ instructions
  • Commercial conflict of interest-clarified by the Report?
  • Some illustrative hypotheticals

Presented by Paul Whenman, Consulting Partner, FB Rice; IP Star 2023, Managing IP


Attend and earn 1 CPD hour in Ethics and Professional Responsibility
This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories

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Paul Whenman, Consulting Partner, FB Rice
Paul Whenman is a consulting partner in our Sydney chemistry team. As a qualified patent attorney, Paul has had a distinguished career with the firm as managing partner for 10 years. Throughout his 37 years’ practice in FB Rice, he has gained significant experience in chemically related patents, including pharmaceuticals, animal health products, food technology, personal care products and alloys. Indeed a significant component of Paul’s practice relates to the interplay between the regulation of pharmaceuticals and animal health products and patent systems. Of particular relevance is the patent term extension regime in Australia and foreign jurisdictions. Commensurate with his deep understanding of patent law and chemical technologies, Paul regularly publishes articles offering opinions and insights into a variety of topics. With a significant international reputation, Paul has been recognized as an IP Star for patent prosecution in Managing Intellectual Property for a number of years, most recently in 2022. He is also listed by IAM as a Strategy 300 IP strategist 2022. As the importance of South East Asian markets have grown, Paul maintains a strong focus on IP developments in those countries as means of providing the best experience for clients. Within FB Rice, Paul has trained and mentored many attorneys. An important component of this training has been a focus on the ethical considerations relevant for attorneys and the conduct of an attorneys practice. The experience gained as managing partner and subsequently as life sciences practice group leader combined with the technical and legal foundations as a practicing attorney, have provided Paul with a significant depth of knowledge of relevance to all patent and trade mark attorneys. In reliance of this knowledge, IPTA invited Paul to deliver two presentations to its members on ethics in 2020-2021.


Ethical Considerations for Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys


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