PER FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Prior Experience Recognition:

1. What are the requirements for becoming a QPIP via PER?

(i) You must meet minimum work experience requirements:

At the time of applying for PER, you must have at least ten (10) 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.
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(ii) You must meet minimum technical qualifications such as a university degree or work experience in a scientific or technical field as defined in Rule 18.5e.

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(iii) At the time of applying for PER, you must have completed a minimum of five (5) Continued Professional Development (CPD) points as defined in Rule 23.7 which must be accumulated in the twelve (12) months prior to applying for PER status.
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(iv) Pay the application fee of EURO 175 which is non-refundable. This amount is comparable to the fee other institutions set as their application fee. Acceptable forms of payment will include bank transfer or credit card (Mastercard or VISA).

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(v) As a PER applicant, you must confirm that you will be willing to serve on an ISBQPIP committee if requested by the ISBQPIP or to participate in developing accredited training or courses related to the core competencies of the certification examination as defined in Rule 18.5b, or attending and evaluating public training courses. For further details, see Rule 18.5a.

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(vi) As a PER applicant, you must confirm that you will either teach or otherwise exchange knowledge by teaching or developing a course or attending one or more courses directed to each of the three core competencies of the certification examination as defined in Rule 18.5b at some point during the three years from the date you are registered as a QPIP.

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(vii) As a PER applicant, you must confirm that you will abide by the Code of Conduct.

2. What if I am not sure whether I meet all of the requirements for applying?

Send in your application anyhow. The Qualifications and Continued Professional Development Committee will review the applications and decide whether or not a person may be accepted. If an application is refused it is possible to appeal from that decision (see Rule 20).

3. What is the PER application fee?

The PER application fee is EURO 175 which is non-refundable. Acceptable forms of payment will include bank transfer or credit card (Mastercard or VISA).

4. Is there a fee for maintaining my QPIP registration?

Yes, a QPIP registration renewal fee will be due at the end of each calendar year to cover the following calendar year and the anticipated fee will be EURO 175. The fee will be comparable to the fee other institutions set as their annual fee. ISBQPIP is a not-for-profit organization, that will publish a financial report every year. As a not-for-profit organization, the renewal fee will be set to ensure that all running costs are covered without a significant surplus accruing.

5. What is the time commitment involved in serving on an ISBQPIP committee?

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.

6. What are the tasks of the different ISBQPIP committees?

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.

7. Is QPIP a license to practice?

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.

8. I don't reside in Europe or the United States, when can I apply for PER?

An opportunity will become available after the applications from Europe and the United States have been reviewed. Due to capacity issues, the PER window will be opened in stages for different regions of the world.