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Exercise of the profession as a patent attorney in the public sector

Patent attorneys,

  • who are used as judges or civil servants without being appointed for life,
  • who are called into the employment of a soldier on a temporary period, or
  • who are temporarily employed in the public sector,

may not pursue their profession as a patent attorney, unless they carry out the tasks assigned to them on a voluntary basis.


Upon request, the competent authority may appoint a representative to the patent attorney or allow him or her to practise the profession himself or her, provided that this does not jeopardise the interests of the administration of justice.

Who should I contact?

Responsibility lies with the Chamber of Patent Attorneys.

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

Find your Point of Single Contact here

Which documents are required?

No documents are required.

What are the fees?

Fees apply in accordance with the scale of fees of the competent authority. Please contact 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
§ 30 paragraph 2 Patent Attorney Regulations (PAO)

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.