"Patent Attorney" or "Patentanwalt"

The legal professional designation of "Patent Attorney" or "Patentanwalt" has been bestowed in the Federal Republic of Germany. The patent attorneys are members of the Patentanwaltskammer (Patent Bar), Tal 29, 80331 Munich and as far as their activities as European Patent Attorneys are concerned, the epi (Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office), Postfach 26 01 12, 80058 Munich. The supervisory authority in charge is the Board of the Patent Bar and/or the epi. The professional legal regulations for patent attorneys are enshrined in the "Patentanwaltsordnung" (Patent Attorney Regulations) (BGBl. I1966, S. 557, last changed through BGBl. I 2001, S. 3656) and the "Berufsordnung der Patentanwälte" (Professional Order of Patent Attorneys Code of Conduct) (Mittl. 1997, 243 ff.), the FICPI Professional Code of Ethics and the Code of Professional Conduct of the epi (epi Information 2/2001, S. 75).

"Attorney at law" or "Rechtsanwalt"

The legal professional designation of "Attorney at Law" or "Rechtsanwalt" has been bestowed in the Federal Republic of Germany. The attorneys at law are members of the Rechtsanwaltskammer für den Oberlandesgerichtsbezirk München (RAK München), Tal 33, 80331 München or of the Rechtsanwaltskammer Berlin (RAK Berlin), Littenstraße 9, 10179 Berlin, who are also the supervisory authorities in charge. The professional legal regulations are enshrined in the Bundesrechtsanwaltsordnung (BRAO), the Berufsordnung der Rechtsanwälte (BORA), the Fachanwaltsordnung (FAO), the Rechtsanwaltsvergütungsgesetz (RVG) and the professional legal regulations of Atorneys-at-Law in the EC. All aforementioned regulations and other relevant regulations could be viewed in their valid version on the Website of RAK München www.rak-muenchen.de/703.html. 

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