What is the difference between a trademark attorney and a solicitor?
From time to time, there can be confusion around what a trademark attorney does and why a trademark attorney is different to a solicitor.
The word attorney is not used as much in Australia as it is in other countries. In view of this, we find there can be confusion when it comes to the difference between solicitors on the one hand and trademark attorneys on the other hand.
In general, a trademark attorney is qualified to advise on trademark law matters. For the purpose of this article, when we talk about trademark law, we refer to general laws around brand protection.
A trademark attorney will operate within the boundaries of trademark law and for this reason, their skill set can be very specialised. A point that is often overlooked, is the benefit of this specialisation. In order to illustrate, it is a very similar to a conveyancer specialising in the legal side of the purchase and sale of real property. A conveyancer may be very experienced in this area of the law, but would not advice on family issues. In a similar fashion, a trademark attorney can be very knowledgeable in trademarks as result of their specialisation.
In order to point out a few examples of the types of services provided by a trademark attorney, these will generally include:
- advising on brand protection strategies;
- preparing and filing trademark applications in Australia and overseas;
- advising about potential infringement of trademarks;
- representing clients in trademark opposition proceedings;
- dealing with the transfer of ownership of trademarks;
Our firm has a mixture between patent attorneys, trademark attorneys and solicitors. This means we a good balance between attorneys and solicitors.
As shown above, a trademark attorney is a specialised legal practitioner, whereas a solicitor may advise on broader areas of law, such as employment or family law. This does not mean a solicitor cannot specialise in one area of law, many will specialise in a select few areas.
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