The Rules for the Examination and Admission of Individuals to the Registers of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys 2010 (amended May 2014) specify the required academic and professional examinations and relevant exemptions.
IPReg determines the standards of entry required to be admitted. IPReg determines the applicable exemptions to the professional examinations. As a regulator IPReg must act consistently and transparently. IPReg does not offer “case by case” exemptions.
IPReg undertakes a detailed accreditation process. Accreditation is undertaken in accordance with IPReg’s own reporting cycle or at the request of the academic body. IPReg would not accredit any course at the request of an individual candidate.
This decision reflects the need for IPReg to ensure consistency of content and standard of teaching across a number of course providers together with the cost and resource required in the accreditation process.