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Patent Attorney Admission as In-House Patent Attorney

An in-house patent attorney exercises his/her profession if he/she is entrusted with the performance of tasks pursuant to § 3 paragraphs 2 and 3 of the German Patent Attorney Act (PAO) and § 4 of the Tax Consultancy Act (StBerG) within the scope of his/her employment relationship for his/her employer.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the Patent Bar Association.

This procedure can also be carried out through a "Point of Single Contact". The "Point of Single Contact" is a special service offered by municipalities and the state for service providers.

Which documents are required?

  • Copy of the patent assessornurkunde,
  • copies of academic degrees and titles or publicly certified copies if academic degrees and titles are not included in the patent assessor certificate,
  • if applicable, proof of six years of experience with a freelance patent attorney in accordance with § 5 paragraph 2 of the German Patent Attorney Code (PAO),
  • a copy or a certified copy of the employment contract or contracts;
  • the competent authority may require the submission of further evidence.

What are the fees?

Fees are charged in accordance with § 145 of the German Patent Attorney Act (PAO) in conjunction with the fee regulations of the competent authority.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Deadlines may have to be observed. Please contact the competent authority.

Processing duration

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice

Professionally released on



List ID 840 (whitelist; Status: 13.09.2018)

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)