Regulations 4.2 and 4.3 of the Patent Attorney and Trade Mark Attorney Qualification and Registration Regulations set out the experience requirements for qualifying as a registered trade mark attorney or patent attorney. This page provides links to the accompanying examinations and courses which must also be successfully completed.
Prospective students should contact the relevant university or examination board directly if they have any queries regarding their circumstances or or the university's course or examination. Only the university or examination board can verify whether an individual meets their entry requirements and whether any exemptions might apply (see below). IPReg cannot provide advice or become involved in these assessments.
REGISTERED TRADE MARK ATTORNEY - QUALIFYING COURSES
To qualify as a registered trade mark attorney an applicant will first need to successfully complete one of the IPReg-accredited foundation certificate courses:
Followed by the IPReg-accredited advanced level (professional practice skills) course:
PATENT ATTORNEY - QUALIFYING EXAMINATIONS AND COURSES
To qualify as a patent attorney an applicant will first need to successfully complete either the IPReg-accredited foundation certificate examinations (see here for the foundation certificate examinations syllabus, as provided by the Patent Examination Board), or one of the Postgraduate Intellectual Property Certificates identified above (as offered by the universities of Bournemouth, Brunel and Queen Mary London).
Exemptions are set out in Schedule 3 of the Rules for Examination and Admission. It is for the relevant university/examination board to verify if any exemptions apply to an individual's circumstance. IPReg cannot advise on or become involved in individual cases.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions which seek to answer any queries you might have regarding qualifying as a registered trade mark attorney or patent attorney.