This survey is designed primarily for Australian and New Zealand patent attorneys (and those in the process of becoming patent attorneys). However, lawyers and trade marks attorneys working within specialist IP firms are also welcome to respond, and may assume that the word 'attorney' means 'patent attorney, trade marks attorney, or IP lawyer'.
All responses to the survey are completely anonymous.
About You and Your Firm
Please respond to the following questions with the most appropriate selection. Where your exact circumstance is not listed, the survey results will be more useful if you can avoid selecting a generic or 'other' response unless none of the more specific responses is at all suitable. References to 'my firm' mean the business for which you currently work, whether as an owner/operator or an employee.
I am based in...
Please note that this survey is intended primarily for attorneys working within the trans-Tasman system. If you do not work for an Australian or New Zealand firm, many of the subsequent questions may not be relevant to you.
I identify as...
I appreciate that asking about gender may be contentious. You can choose not to say. However, I have included this question because I am interested in whether there are any correlations between gender and career objectives, employment experiences, and experiences working with clients. If this interests you also, please consider providing a specific response.
Other / non-binary
Prefer not to say
My firm is...
Part of a publicly-listed ownership group
The total number of registered attorneys and IP lawyers at my firm is...
1 (just me - I am a sole practitioner)
2 - 4
5 - 9
10 - 19
20 - 34
35 or more
My position at my firm is best described as...
Owner / equity partner
Salaried partner / principal
Senior associate / employed attorney with 10+ years experience
Associate / employed attorney with 5-10 years experience
Trainee / pre-qualification patent professional
My specialist field(s) of technology is/are best described as...
Check all that apply.
Mechanical / physical
Electrical / electronic
Software / IT
In terms of my advancement within the profession, my goal is best described as...
Become an owner / equity partner
Become a salaried partner / principal
Take on a non-attorney management role in an IP firm
Promotion to a more senior attorney (non-partnership/management) role
Move to an in-house attorney role
Other, within the IP profession
Other, outside the IP profession
I am satisfied with my current role / I have made it!
If I had to choose one of the following, I would prefer to...
You may select you current circumstance if this is, in fact, something that you have chosen, or would actively choose, to do. Note that the term 'career employee' is intended to encompass roles across all levels and responsibilities, including senior management and salaried partner/principal positions.
Establish my own practice, initially as a sole practitioner
Establish a new practice, initially along with with no more than five partners and/or employees
Become an owner / equity partner in an established firm with 15 or fewer attorneys
Become an owner / equity partner in an established firm with 16-30 attorneys
Become an owner / equity partner in an established firm with more than 30 attorneys
Be a career employee of a privately-owned firm
Be a career employee of a firm within a publicly-listed group
Exit the IP profession
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