2002: The idea of certification for patent information professionals was brought up during a round-table discussion at the EPIDOS meeting
2009: Start of the collaboration of the Patent Documentation Group (PDG), the Confederacy of European Patent Information User Groups (CEPIUG) and the Patent Information User Group (PIUG)
2011: Mock exams held in London (GB), Munich (DE), The Hague (NL), Stockholm (SE) and New Brunswick NJ (US)
2012: Results and evaluation of mock exams
2012-present: working on:
- Development of first 'real' examination papers plus the marking schemes
- Structure of organization that will be responsible for the examination and certifcation
- Articles and Rules
- Identifying useful existing training and further training needs
- Options for recognizing previous experience ('grandfathering')