Patents Examiners investigate and report on patent applications to assess their compliance with the requirements of the Patents Act.

    A bachelor degree in engineering, chemical science, chemical engineering or another relevant field is needed to work as a Patents Examiner. Many Patents Examiners complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Assesses whether patent applications provide an adequate technical description of the invention.
    • Assess whether the patent rights sought are justified and match the invention's technical description.
    • Searches online databases to discover similar patents held in Australia and overseas.
    • Assesses whether the advances claimed for the invention are new.
    • Reports their findings to the patent applicant or the applicant's legal representative.

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    • $1,889 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Patents Examiners

    • 390 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 85% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 40 hours Average full-time
    • 38 years Average age
    • 35% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Patents Examiners (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 350 in 2011 to 390 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Patents Examiners work in the Australian Capital Territory.
    • Industries: Most work in the Public Administration and Safety industry.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (85%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 35% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Public Administration and Safety90.3
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6.7
    Health Care and Social Assistance2.3
    Wholesale Trade0.8

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StatePatents ExaminersAll Jobs Average
    NSW11.331.6
    VIC18.825.6
    QLD3.320.0
    SA0.87.0
    WA1.010.8
    TAS0.02.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT64.81.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketPatents ExaminersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-245.1-9.39.3
    25-3429.2-22.922.9
    35-4434.1-22.022.0
    45-5419.5-21.621.6
    55-597.7-9.09.0
    60-642.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.3-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationPatents ExaminersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate61.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree37.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.0-21.121.1
    Year 120.8-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in engineering, chemical science, chemical engineering or another relevant field is needed to work as a Patents Examiner. Many Patents Examiners complete postgraduate studies.

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    1. Clerical

      77% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    2. English Language

      71% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    3. Law and Government

      66% Skill level

      How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

    4. Computers and Electronics

      55% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    5. Customer and Personal Service

      48% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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    1. Letters and Memos

      97% Important

      How often do you write letters and memos?

    2. Electronic Mail

      97% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    3. Contact With Others

      97% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    4. Telephone

      96% Important

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    5. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      94% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

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