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Patent agents

OaSIS code 41400.03

Patent agents represent inventors and companies in dealings with the Canadian Patent Office to obtain grants of patents for them, and to advise inventors and applicants on aspects of patent law.

Overview

Also known as

  • Patent agent
  • Registered patent agent

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Advise clients on elements of patent law and on the patentability of inventions
  • Conduct patent searches
  • Prepare patent applications
  • Represent clients before the patent office.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory or managerial positions in these fields is possible with experience.

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Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Clerical Activities
4 - High Level
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance
4 - High Level
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
4 - High Level
Processing Information
4 - High Level
Providing Consultation and Advice
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
2 - Low amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Interpersonal Relations

Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Consulting firms
  • Federal government
  • Municipal governments
  • Provincial governments
  • Research organizations
  • Self-employment

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Near Vision
4 - High Level
Verbal Ability
4 - High Level
Auditory Attention
3 - Moderate Level
Deductive Reasoning
3 - Moderate Level
Fluency of Ideas
3 - Moderate Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Oral Communication: Oral Comprehension
4 - High Level
Reading Comprehension
4 - High Level
Coordinating
3 - Moderate Level
Critical Thinking
3 - Moderate Level
Decision Making
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Independence
4 - Highly important