How to become QPIP?

To become a Qualified Patent Information Professional (QPIP), there are two options:

Examination: The ISBQPIP will organise online examinations via the new website (currently under development). The examination will consist of two papers: a search paper to test searching skills, and an analysis paper to test selection and analysis skills, including legal knowledge relevant for patent information professionals and patent landscaping skills. The first exams are provisionally planned for February 2021. Please monitor this website and/or follow announcements on (among other platforms) the PIUG Public Discussion Forum.

Prior Experience Recognition (PER): This is a one-time opportunity for experienced patent information professionals to obtain QPIP certification, based on provided evidence. This opportunity has already taken place for patent information professionals residing in Europe and the USA (December 2018-March 2019), and is open globally except for residents of the USA, Europe, from 15 July 2020 to 15 October 2020. In due course this opportunity will also be provided to patent information professionals in China, India, Japan, South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Please monitor this website and/or follow announcements on (among other platforms) the PIUG Public Discussion Forum.