The Intellectual Property Regulation Board


Patent Examinations

Consultation on the Examination System for Patent Attorneys – This consultation closed on 17th March 2014

In our “Consultation on simplifying and modernising the examination system for qualifying as a patent attorney” IPReg puts forward two proposals with regard to routes to qualification for patent attorneys. The first concerns arrangements for qualification at foundation level for trainee patent attorneys. The second proposes the replacement of P3 and P4 with the corresponding EQE papers, or EQE as a whole. In the paper we outline the current situation, give practical reasons why we feel our proposals make sense and finally assess them against the overarching regulatory objectives.

IPReg is currently considering the responses.

The consultation document refers to competency checklists. These have been sent to CIPA and ITMA for their views after which they will be published on this page (probably in March) so that the wider professional community can comment too. These checklists are not currently intended to be compulsory although, over time, the LSB/LETR might lead to a more formal requirement. The checklists will also recognise, where appropriate,  that trainees work both in industry as well as private practice.  As the checklists will not be compulsory, they are not part of the formal consultation.

Note: Here are our slides from the joint CIPA and IPReg webinar held on 12th February.

Patent Examination Board (October 2013)

Since the 2010 revision of the route to qualification for Trade Mark Attorneys, the Joint Examination Board has been operating under transitional provisions pending a new Patent Examination Board being established.

The arrangements for the new Patent Examination Board were approved on 4th October and the new Patent Examination Board is currently appointing to its Governance Committee three lay members with expertise in education  where they will join attorneys, and former JEB members, Tony Luckhurst and Julia Gwilt.