The Intellectual Property Regulation Board

9 May 2017

FD4-P6 Infringement and Validity Exam – Research Report

In 2015, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) reviewed the policies, procedures and processes of the Patent Examination Board (PEB). Its recommendations to the PEB included investigation into the poor candidate success rate over a number of years in the FD4 Infringement and Validity (formerly P6) examination.

IPReg agreed to fund this work and established a Steering Group to commission and manage independent research into this matter. Following a tender process, the Steering Group commissioned the Institute for Work Based Learning at Middlesex University to undertake the research. Please see here for more information on the Steering Group and its work:

http://ipreg.org.uk/ipreg-and-peb-collaborate-on-research-into-fd4-pass-rate/  

http://ipreg.org.uk/ipreg-and-peb-collaborate-on-research-into-fd4-pass-rate-an-update/

At its March 2017 meeting, the IPReg Board endorsed the Middlesex report, judging it to be comprehensive, well researched and an important milestone, for the first time gathering data and evidence about this matter in a collaborative manner.

The publication report is provided here: Publication Report FD4(P6) Exam Review. IPReg has commended the report’s ‘Suggestions’ (see pages 8-12 of Publication Report) to both the Patent Examination Board and the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.

The IPReg Board would like to thank the Steering Group for its invaluable collaborative approach and all who engaged with the research work either by interview or survey.

Deborah Seddon, Chair of IPReg Education, Qualification, Conduct and Discipline Committee and Chair of FD4-P6 Research Steering Group 

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