IPReg consultation on the examination system for qualifying as a patent attorney
17 March 2014
The IP Federation has submitted a response to the IPReg consultation on simplifying and modernising the examination system for qualifying as a patent attorney with a closing date of 17 March 2014. Our conclusions are as follows:
- We believe that the proposal to abandon the Foundation Level examinations is misguided. We strongly object to the proposal to abolish papers P3 and P4. Implementation of either of these proposals, it is believed, may have a serious impact on diversity within the UK patent attorney profession; and, in the case of the abolishing of P3 and P4, we have a specific and, as far as we are aware, as yet unaddressed concern that IPReg would be removing crucial elements of its ability to fulfil its own regulatory objectives.
- We encourage IPReg to withdraw these proposals, and instead review the qualification system within the UK in a holistic manner, defining firstly the purposes of the UK qualification to enable potential future changes to be made that are consistent with the needs of the public, the needs of the profession, and indeed IPReg’s own objectives as defined by the Legal Services Board.
- We strongly urge IPReg to reconsider the proposed minimum time service before qualification and the proposed STEM degree requirement. We further support provision of a clear statement of skills and competency requirements for the training and qualification of patent attorneys within the profession.
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