Examination is open to patent information professionals globally who meet the requirements for enrolment for the examination. (see FAQs below).
The examination will consist of a Search paper and an Analysis paper. Each paper will consist of multiple parts (scroll down for more detailed descriptions). Each paper will take one full day, preferably with one day between the two examination days.
The examination language is English. You should preferably use your own tools, but only tools with an English interface are accepted for the results that you provide during the exam.
The examination fee is EURO 100 (excl VAT for Dutch residents).
The search paper is aimed to test the skills to devise and conduct a search. The search paper consists of two case studies and each having a choice of a chemical, engineering or life sciences related topic.
The definitions of these search types are provided in Rule 4.3
Candidates are expected to plan suitable search strategies and conduct online searching, while explaining at each stage the decisions they make. Demonstrating a clear understanding for every stage of the process is more important than reporting suitable references.
Although patent information specialists in chemical or life sciences may perform chemical structure searches or bio-sequence searches, these types of searches will not be required to complete the case studies.
The analysis paper aims to test selection and analysis skills, including legal knowledge relevant for patent information professionals, and patent landscaping skills. The analysis paper consists of:
The examinations will be held in an online format. The first day is for the search paper. The opposition/validity/novelty search case study will be from 9:00 to 13:00, the patent infringement risk case study from 14:00 to 18:00. The second day is for the analysis paper. General theory questions will be taken from 9:00 to 9:30. The case study in which candidates are asked to select and categorise documents will take place form 10:00 to 13:00. Patent Landscaping questions will be taken from 14:00 to 14:30, followed by the patent landscaping case study from 15:00 to 18:00. All times indicated are local times in the time zone of the exam for which the candidate has registered (click the 'APPLY' button to see the five options and use "compare with my time zone" to see on the second line under 'Start date/Start time' what the start time would be for you).
Although not all aspects will be tested during the examination, the document "Schedule I & II (Skills & Competencies) and Suggested Reading List" provides an overview of the knowledge and skills that a QPIP is expected to have, and suggestions for practising and a reading list. Furthermore, some examples of case studies (which were part of the previously held mock exams) give an indication of what these case studies may look like and samples of expected answers. These documents can be downloaded from the Documentation page.
The QPIP title does not give a license to practice, i.e. it will not be required in order to work as a patent information professional, but it indicates a competence level and ensures (future) employers that the QPIP is an all-round professional, being able to do any kind of patent related search and analysis.
A QPIP registration renewal fee will be due at the beginning of each calendar year to cover that calendar year. ISBQPIP is a not-for-profit organization, that will publish a financial report every year. As a not-for-profit organisation, the renewal fee will be set to ensure that all running costs are covered without a significant surplus accruing. For 2021 the annual renewal fee is set on EURO 100. For candidates who successfully pass the exam in February 2021, the examination fee includes the QPIP registration fee for 2021.
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The major tasks of the committees are summarized below (for complete descriptions see the Articles and Rules):
Accreditation Committee: reviews applications for accreditation of training/course programs
Examination Committee: prepares the exam papers and reviews/marks the papers of the candidates (sub-groups may be formed to focus on specific aspects/technological areas of the exams)
Qualifications and Continued Professional Development Committee: reviews applications to enrol in the certification examination and reviews applications for Prior Experience Recognition. In addition, the committee will monitor developments in the profession to ensure that CPD requirements remain current. The committee will also assess activities to determine whether CPD points can be assigned, and if so, how many.
Regulatory and Disciplinary Committee: reviews complaints/appeals against acts/decisions of or within the ISBQPIP. In addition, the committee reviews complaints concerning alleged misconduct by a QPIP as well as assessing a QPIP's compliance or exemptions concerning the CPD requirements via a random audit.
The inaugural committee for each of these areas may need to develop procedures, forms and protocols in line with the Articles and Rules.
Although the term of a committee member is typically three years, for the inaugural committees one member may step down (or be reappointed) after two years and one member should stay for at least four years to ensure continuity in the operation of the committee.
It is difficult to estimate how much work will be necessary to fulfil the different tasks of these committees. The amount of work will likely alternate between periods of more and less work at certain times throughout the calendar year. It is generally estimated that a committee member may spend anywhere from 3 hours to 10 hours per month or more depending on the circumstances.
It is likely that most of the tasks can be performed outside of business hours with perhaps the exception of any online communications (teleconferences or email correspondence) with other members of the committee that may need to be scheduled during business hours due to the availability of the committee members.
You should preferably use your own tools or databases, as long as they have an English interface. You may use any tools or databases with which you think you can successfully conduct the two search case studies (novelty/validy/opposition search and patent infringement risk search) and the patent landscaping case study. Since the patent landscaping case study requires analyses and visualisations, it is recommended to use at least one of the following tools:
This list is not exclusive, so other tools to conduct the case study are also accepted. It is recommended to check the description of the patent landscaping case study on the Examination page.
In case you don't have access to any of these tools and/or databases/tools with an English interface for the two search case studies, please contact the ISBQPIP as soon as possible via firstname.lastname@example.org, in order to allow the ISBQPIP to arrange access.
(i) You must meet minimum work experience requirements:
At the date of the certification examination, you must have at least three (3) years of work experience with at least 60% of that time spent on searching patent information or a combination of searching and mentoring or a combination of searching and outsourcing or a combination of searching and overseeing search work of others according to the definitions in Rule 4.2 in each and every year of the 3 year period preceding the date of application.
(ii) At the time of applying for enrolment for the examination, you must have completed at least forty-five (45) search projects as defined in Rule 4.3 within the three (3) years preceding the application, the search projects being conducted in the course of business (not for personal interest). A single search project can include several individual searches that all aim to answer the question(s) posed by that search project.
(iii) You must meet minimum technical qualifications such as a university degree or work experience in a scientific or technical field as defined in Rule 4.4.
(iv) You must pay the application fee of EURO 100 which is non-refundable, after your application has been reviewed and you have been accepted for enrolment for the examination. Acceptable forms of payment will include bank transfer or credit card (Mastercard or VISA).
(v) You must confirm that you will abide by the QPIP Code of Conduct.
The Rules and Code of Conduct can be downloaded from the Documentation page.
At the time of applying for enrolment for the certification examination, the candidate must have:
Anyone fulfilling the requirements from anywhere in the world can register for the exam. That is why 5 different time zones have been set up and are available to sit the exam.
The examination application fee is EURO 100 which is non-refundable. Acceptable forms of payment will include bank transfer or credit card (Mastercard or VISA). The examination application fee covers the QPIP registration fee for 2021.
You can find a document with a summary of the questions and answers of the information sessions on 16 December 2020 on the Documentation page under 'Examination', together with the slides that were shown and a recording of the presentation. The document is called 'Q&A summary Information Session 2020-12-16'
Yes, this can be arranged. However, the ISBQPIP needs to be informed as soon as possible (at least two weeks before the exam) of your wish in order to be able to coordinate with vendors properly.