Why hire a Qualified Patent Information Professional (QPIP™)?

What is the benefit of hiring a QPIP?
Searching patent information is not an easy task. It involves so much more than just typing a few words into an online search box. Competent searching of patents requires knowledge about the patent system, ontologies and classification schemes. It requires in-depth knowledge about which data platforms to search and how best to search them. It also requires the ability to understand the technology described in a patent as well as understanding the legal status of the patent. A QPIP is a competent searcher who can translate your problem into actionable direction by providing you with the right information.

How is the QPIP credential acquired?
A QPIP is a skilled patent information practitioner who has either successfully completed an exam that tests their skills of searching and - analysis or who has become a QPIP on the basis of at least 10 years documented experience of searching patent information. To sit the exam, a candidate has to have a minimum of three years of experience working with patent information. The exam tests skills in conducting patent searches and analysis as well as patent system knowledge. A QPIP can be confidently expected to handle any type of search, be it a novelty search, a patent validity search, a freedom to operate search or a patent landscape search.

How do QPIPs maintain this professional credential?
Once a candidate becomes a QPIP, they must abide by the Code of Conduct and are required to keep up to date by participating in Continued Professional Development (CPD) activities on an annual basis. Examples of CPD points include topic relevant activities such as self-studies, attending or speaking at conferences and writing journal articles or blogs relating to patent information.