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Law firm obligation according to Patent Attorney Act Exemption

In the interest of the administration of justice or to avoid hardship, the competent authority may release a patent attorney from the law firm obligation pursuant to § 26 paragraph 3 of the German Patent Attorney Act (PAO).

Who should I contact?

The competent authority lies with the Chamber of Patent Attorneys.

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.


  • An exemption is granted in accordance with § 27 paragraph 2 of the German Patent Attorney Act (PAO) if a law firm
    • is set up exclusively in other countries, and
    • overriding interests do not conflict with the administration of justice.

Which documents are required?

No documents are required.

What are the fees?

Fees are payable in accordance with the fee regulations of the competent authority.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There are no deadlines to be observed.

Processing duration

Processing Time: 3 Months
Section 30 (2) of the German Patent Attorney Act (PAO)

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice

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