The Intellectual Property Regulation Board

13 Jul 2016

IPReg and PEB collaborate on research into FD4 pass rate

IPReg and PEB collaborate on research into FD4 pass rate

In 2015, a Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) review was commissioned by the Patent Examination Board (PEB) into its policies, procedure and processes.  The QAA’s report included advice to the PEB that it should investigate why FD4, formerly P6, (Infringement and Validity) should have had such a poor candidate success rate over an extended period.

IPReg shares the concern identified by the QAA and has established a Steering Group to commission and manage external, independent research into this matter.  The IPReg Board agreed to fund the research, and that the PEB should be invited to be involved.

The Steering Group is Chaired by IPReg’s Chair of its Education Committee, Deborah Seddon.  The other members are: Robert Taylor, Chair of the Governance Board of the PEB, Suzanne Oliver, Chartered Patent Attorney, representing the IP Federation, and Chris Mercer, a Chartered Patent Attorney.

The group met for the first time in late April and has recently authorised this important piece of research work to be undertaken by an independent, experienced, work based learning research body.  The research to include a tailored survey questionnaire of 2014 and 2015 candidates. The research findings are anticipated in the early new year.

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