You say attorney…

In regard to Mr Ross's letter on use of the term "attorney" I should point out that in the US the term "attorney" is only applied to qualified members of the Bar and is not used for paralegals.

However, in the UK the term is clearly allowed for use by those who are qualified to advise on specific areas of the law in relation to intellectual property.

Sections 276/7/8 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 or Section 86 of the Trade Marks Act 1994 permits registered patent or trade mark agents to use the terms patent or trade mark attorney respectively.

This is more liberal than the US practice which confines the term 'patent attorney' to those members of the Bar who are registered to practice before the US patent office.

Iain C Baillie

Ladas & Parry

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London WC1V 6RR