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.

9. What is done with the personal information that I provide?

GDPR Privacy Note

The International Standards Board for Qualified Patent Information Professionals [hereinafter ISBQPIP], a not-for profit organisation established under the authority of the KVK Netherlands Chamber of Commerce collects your personal information (including your name, your personal or work address including telephone number and email address, your residency for tax purposes, your work experience, your employment history, your education and training, your patent information related professional association memberships, your patent information related publications and conference presentations and your Continued Professional Development activities) for one or more of the following purposes:

(i) assessing your application and supporting documentation to become a Qualified Patent Information Professional [hereinafter QPIP] on the basis of Prior Experience Recognition in accordance with the Articles and Rules of the ISBQPIP;
(ii) assessing your application and supporting documentation to enrol in the certification exam in accordance with the Articles and Rules of the ISBQPIP;
(iii) maintaining your name on the register of QPIPs;
(iv) reviewing any complaints made about your conduct as a QPIP and any information you provide in response in accordance with the Articles and Rules of the ISBQPIP;
(v) reviewing any appeal you file with the ISBQPIP concerning any decision taken in accordance with the Articles and Rules of the ISBQPIP; or
(vi) processing any fee payments you have made to the ISBQPIP’s bank account with the ING Bank located at Willem de Zwijgerlaan 43, 2582 ES The Hague in in accordance with the Articles and Rules of the ISBQPIP.

By providing personal data to the ISBQPIP you acknowledge that you have read and understood this privacy notice and that you have, of your own free will, given your personal information to the ISPQPIP for one or more of the purposes stated above. You therefore consent to your personal data being processed by the ISBQPIP including its Supervisory Council members, committee members and personnel as required in order for the ISBQPIP to act on the information you have provided for one or more of the purposes stated above. If you wish to withdraw your consent at any time, please send an email to the ISBQPIP Data Protection Officer (info@qpip.org ) specifying whether the withdrawal of your consent is in relation to all or a part of the personal information you have provided and in respect of which of the above stated purposes to enable the ISBQPIP to act on your request.

The ISBQPIP will not provide your personal data to third parties unless it is required to do so by law or it is necessary to do so for one or more purposes stated above. Before any personal information is provided by the ISPQPIP to a third party, the ISBQPIP will first obtain your consent by providing you with the identity of the third party, the nature of your personal information that will be provided and the specific purpose(s) for which your personal information will be provided by ISBQPIP to the third party.

10. Can I apply for PER if I have worked 6 years 100%?

Unfortunately the line has to be drawn somewhere. The requirement is 10 years of patent search-related work experience during which a minimum of 60% of the time was spent on searching patent information, mentoring, outsourcing or overseeing search work of others. Irrespective of whether the PER applicant has worked full-time or part-time, the applicant needs to be able to show that (s)he has 10 years of patent search-related work experience. Patent search-related work includes searching patent information, mentoring, outsourcing or overseeing the search work of others. Please refer to Rule 4.2 for further details about these patent search-related activities and Rule 4.3 for details about the different type of patent-related search projects.
If you would still like to be considered for PER, please include details about any special experiences or skills with which you can contribute to the activities of the ISBQPIP committees that should be taken into consideration when reviewing your application. This information may assist in deciding your eligibility for PER status.