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Second window for Prior Experience Recognition (PER, aka Grandparenting) for Qualified Patent Information Professionals (QPIP) opens on July 15!

  • 02 Oct 2020 9:16 AM
    Reply # 9278758 on 9075982

    REMINDER: The deadline to apply for this Prior Experience Recognition opportunity is 15 October 2020 (11:59 pm Central European Time).


  • 09 Jul 2020 12:28 PM
    Reply # 9090973 on 9075982

    For those in the USA and Europe who have missed the first PER opportunity or those who didn't/don't meet the PER requirements, the first online exams are provisionally planned for February 2021, depending on timely delivery of an examination platform which will be part of the new website (currently under development). 

  • 03 Jul 2020 12:01 PM
    Message # 9075982

    After the initial PER opportunity which was restricted to patent information professionals who reside either in the United States of America or in Europe (i.e. any European country that is a member state or extension state of the European Patent Organisation), the International Standards Board for Qualified Patent Information Professionals (ISBQPIP) now opens the PER application window for patent information professionals globally EXCEPT in

    • USA
    • Europe
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)

    Residents from the USA and Europe can only become QPIP by successfully passing the exams. 

    Residents from China, India, Japan, South Korea and North Korea are currently excluded because of the limited capacity for assessing PER applications in the ISBQPIP versus the expected large number of applications from these countries. A PER opportunity will be provided for these countries in due course.

    The application period will open on July 15, 2020 and will last until October 15, 2020 (11:59 pm Central European Time)

    We would like to refer any interested party to our website at where they can find information on the procedure in the Articles and Rules (see especially Rule 18 and 19). The application form, as well as templates for the required Curriculum Vitae and Employment letter can be found under ‘How to become QPIP?’ and then ‘Prior Experience Recognition (PER)’. 

    Please note that there will NO further opportunities to apply for Prior Experience Recognition, except for residents of China, India, Japan, South Korea and North Korea. 

    The major requirements are:

    Minimum work experience requirements: At the time of applying for PER status, the applicant 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 in each and every year of the 10 year period preceding the date of application.  If in the 10 year period preceding the date of application, there is one or more gaps in the 10 year period, the applicant must explain the reason(s) for the gap(s)  , provide supporting evidence and provide details about additional work experience in searching patent information that occurred beyond the preceding 10 year period from the date of application in order to establish that the applicant has a total of 10 non-consecutive years of work experience

    Minimum technical qualification requirementAt the time of applying for PER status, the candidate must have: 

    (1)        At least a scientific, engineering or technical Bachelor Degree of three (3) year or four (4) year program duration in a technical field as defined in any publicly available edition of the patent classification system that is administered by the World Intellectual Property Office, the European Patent Office, the DPMA (German Patent and Trade Mark Office), the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Japan Patent Office or any other national patent office; or

    (2)        At least a technical qualification in a technical field as defined by any edition of any patent classification system as defined in RULE 18.3e(1)  wherein the technical qualification was conferred by a university, technical university, technical high school, vocational college, higher technical college or institute, school of engineering, or any similar establishment and the qualification is deemed equivalent to a Bachelor Degree by the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education; or

    (3)        At least ten (10) years of experience working in a technical field as defined by any edition of any patent classification system as defined in RULE 18.3e(1).

    Please check the complete PER eligibility requirements in Rule 18.3. (The Rules can be downloaded from the Articles, Rules and Code-of-Conduct page on

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