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Novelties in the law on patent attorneys

21 December 2022

A new law on patent attorneys went in force on December 21,2022. Several important novelties have been introduced:
a patent attorney may now request information from government authorities and other organizations in connection with the assignments he receives from his client, and those bodies are obliged to give answers to the patent attorney.

Attorney – client privilege has been introduced. Information received from the client by the patent attorney cannot be demanded to be disclosed to third persons. In fact, it was practice with patent attorneys before but now this has been laid down in the law.

These novelties place a patent attorney on the same footing with attorneys at law who have had that privilege long ago.