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Exercise of the profession as a patent attorney in the public service Permission


Patent attorneys,

  • who are used as judges or officials without being appointed for life,
  • who are appointed to the employment relationship of a temporary soldier, or
  • who are temporarily employed in the public sector,

may not exercise their profession as patent attorneys unless they perform the tasks assigned to them on a voluntary basis.


The competent authority may, upon request, appoint a representative to the patent attorney or allow him/her to practise the profession himself/herself, provided that the interests of the administration of justice are not thereby jeopardised.

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.

Which documents are required?

No documents are required.

What are the fees?

Fees are charged 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
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)