Patents Act, 1992

Unauthorized claim to be patent agent.

106.—(1) The register which, immediately before the commencement of this section, was known as the register of patent agents shall continue to be known as such and to be maintained by the Controller (which register is in this Part referred to as “the register”).

(2) Subject to the subsequent provisions of this section—

(a) a person acting for gain shall not, either alone or in partnership with any other person, practise, describe himself or hold himself out as a patent agent, or permit himself to be so described or held out, unless he is for the time being registered as a patent agent in the register, or, in case he is a member of a partnership holding itself out as patent agents, unless he and all his partners are so registered;

(b) a company acting for gain shall not practise, describe itself or hold itself out or permit itself to be described or held out as aforesaid unless every director of the company and, if the company has a manager who is not a director, that manager, is registered as aforesaid.

(3) The Minister may, at his discretion, permit any person not registered as aforesaid, upon application made by that person, to act on behalf of others for the purpose of obtaining patents subject to any conditions he considers appropriate.

(4) The legal personal representative of a deceased patent agent may carry on the business or practice of the deceased patent agent for a period not exceeding three years from the death of the patent agent, or for such further period (if any) as the Court allows, if he is authorized by the Court to manage the business or practice or employs another person who is so authorized to manage the business or practice on his behalf.

(5) Any person who contravenes any provision of this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £500 in the case of a first offence, and in the case of a second or subsequent offence, £1,000.

(6) Notwithstanding section 10 (4) of the Petty Sessions (Ireland) Act, 1851 , proceedings for an offence under this section may be begun at any time within twelve months from the date of the offence.

(7) Nothing in this Act shall be construed as prohibiting solicitors from taking such part in proceedings under this Act as has heretofore been taken by solicitors in connection with a patent or any procedure relating to a patent or the obtaining thereof.

(8) A patent agent shall not be guilty of an offence under section 58 of the Solicitors Act, 1954 (which prohibits the preparation for reward of certain instruments by persons not legally qualified), by reason only of the preparation by him of a deed assigning the right to make an application for a patent, or the property in a patent application or a patent, or any document (not being a deed) for use in proceedings under this Act before the Controller or the Court.