Exam Information

Agents in Training must successfully complete the Qualifying Examination as a requirement for registration as a Patent Agent or Trademark Agent.

Eligibility for the Qualifying Examinations is established through the completion of the 24-month training requirement and the agent training course prescribed by the College. The details of the agent training course will be communicated as soon as they are available. Agents in Training are expected to attempt the Qualifying Examinations at the first sitting of the exams that follow the completion of their training period.

Individuals who have previously attempted the Qualifying Examinations through the Canadian Intellectual Property Office but were unsuccessful are required to register as Agents in Training to access exam registration. The 24-month training requirement will be considered complete.

Exam Content

The Qualifying Examinations are designed to assess the candidate’s knowledge of the Trademarks Act, the Trademarks Regulations in the case of Trademark Agents, and Patent Act, Patent Rules, and patent application drafting in the case of Patent Agents, in addition to case law and practice required to practise independently as a Trademark Agent or Patent Agent. The examinations test candidates’ analytical and problem-solving skills, and their skills in communicating with clients and the Office of the Registrar of Trademarks or Patent Office, as applicable.

Candidates may write the examination in English or French. Please note that the English and French versions of the examination may contain language differences because of the specialized subject matter.

Details regarding the content of the Trademark Agent Qualifying Examination can be found here.
Previous Trademark Agent Qualifying Examinations:
2020
2019
2018

Details regarding the content of the Patent Agent Qualifying Examination can be found here.
Previous Patent Agent Qualifying Examinations:
2020
2019
2018

Scoring

Trademark Agent Qualifying Examination

To pass the examination, a candidate must obtain at least 65% of the marks for each part of the exam. Part B of the examination will generally not be marked unless the candidate obtains at least 65% on Part A.

Marks will be awarded for an answer (or a part of an answer) that provides the most precise reference possible when asked to cite the relevant provision(s) of the Trademarks Act or Trademarks Regulations (i.e. section, subsection and/or paragraph).

Patent Agent Qualifying Examination

Candidates must obtain at least 50 marks (50%) on each paper and have a total of 240 marks on the 4 papers written in 2021 or previously under CIPO’s exam regime. 100 marks are available for each paper. Candidates may write 1 or more papers. Marks from a previous paper, on which a grade of 60 marks (60%) or more was achieved, may carry that mark forward to this year.

If candidates rewrite a paper on which they scored at least 60 marks (60%) in a previous year, will keep the marks of the most recent paper.
For example:

  • A candidate writing all four papers in a single year, with marks of: 58, 52, 77 and 54, for a total of 241, would receive an overall pass.
  • A candidate writing all four papers in a single year, with marks of: 48, 62, 77 and 54, for a total of 241, would not pass because the score of one paper is less than 50. However, a candidate would retain their scores of 62 and 77 for the subsequent years.
  • A candidate writing all four papers in a single year, with marks of: 50, 54, 67 and 52, for a total of 223, would not pass. However, a candidate would retain the score of 67 for the subsequent years.
  • A candidate with a score of 75 on a paper in 2016 decides to rewrite the same paper in 2017 and obtains 67. The score of 67 will then be retained as it is the most recent.

2021 Administration

The Qualifying Examinations will be administered electronically.

The Trademark Agent Qualifying Examination is written over two consecutive days, with one (1) part of the exam written on each day. Candidates are allowed three (3) hours for each paper. The parts are written from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

The Patent Agent Qualifying Examination is written over four consecutive days, with one (1) paper of the exam written on each day. Candidates are allowed four (4) hours for each paper. The papers are written from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Additional details regarding the electronic administration process will be provided as soon as they are available.

2021 Trademark Agent Qualifying Examination Candidate Guide 

Accommodation Requests

Agents in Training can request reasonable accommodation from the Registrar if they provide medical or other information that demonstrates the need for an accommodation to provide a fair opportunity to successfully complete the requirements for registration as a Patent Agent or Trademark Agent. Details regarding applying for accommodations will be posted as soon as they are available.

2021 Important Dates

Trademark Agent Qualifying Examination

Registration Opens: June 28, 2021
Registration Deadline: October 1, 2021
Accommodation Request Deadline: October 15, 2021 (To be confirmed)
Orientation Session: October 26, 2021, 5p-7p ET (Tentative, registration information to follow) 
Part A – November 9, 2021
Part B – November 10, 2021

Patent Agent Qualifying Examination

Registration Opens: July 26, 2021
Registration Deadline: October 29, 2021
Accommodation Request Deadline: November 12, 2021 (To be confirmed)
Orientation Session: November 23, 2021, 5p-7p ET (Confirmed, registration information to follow) 
Paper A – December 7, 2021
Paper B – December 8, 2021
Paper C – December 9, 2021
Paper D – December 10, 2021

Fees

The fee to register for each part or paper of either the Trademark Agent Qualifying Examination or Patent Agent Qualifying Examination is $200.00 + applicable taxes.

Results & Re-Correction

Subsequent to the examinations, papers are marked, and the results are communicated to candidates about three months after the examination dates.

Candidates are given a two-week period from the date that appears on the result letters to request their examination materials (examination, responses, marking guide and marking sheet), and have one month from the date on which examination materials are sent to request a review of their marks.

The results of the review are communicated to candidates about two months after the deadline to submit requests for review.

The exact dates of the result releases for the 2021 Qualifying Examinations have not been finalized. Additional information regarding the result release dates, and deadlines for requesting review materials and/or a re-correction will be posted as soon as the information is available.