4161.3 Patent Agents
Patent agents represent inventors and companies in dealings with the Canadian Patent Office to obtain grants of patents for them, and to advise inventors and applicants on aspects of patent law.
Occupations in this group are characterized by the following aptitudes, interests and worker functions as they relate to main duties:
- General learning ability to understand and apply elements of patent law
- Verbal ability to advise clients on originality, utility and inventiveness of ideas and inventions to represent them before the Canadian Patent Office
- Clerical perception to prepare patent applications, including descriptions of inventions and claims that define the monopolies covered by patents
- Innovative interest in co-ordinating information to conduct patent searches
- Directive interest in consulting with clients to advise them on patent law and on the patentability of inventions
- Methodical interest in preparing and modifying patent applications
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- A bachelor's degree or college diploma in a related scientific or technical discipline is usually required for occupations in this group.
- A master's degree in a related scientific discipline may be required.
- Patent agents require 12 months of work experience in the patent field and successful completion of examinations set by the Commissioner of Patents. They may also be required to be listed on the register of patent agents.
Progression to supervisory or managerial positions in this field is possible with experience.
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