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CPATA’s Competency Initiative Moves Forward in Great Strides

The first phase of CPATA’s multi-year competency initiative is nearly complete. CPATA worked with consultant Principia Assessments Ltd. to develop descriptions of the knowledge and skills agents need to provide competent and ethical IP services to their clients.  We created two descriptions (technical competency profiles), one for patent agents and one for trademark agents, which …

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CPATA Undertakes Crucial Survey of Licensees to Gain Insight into the IP Profession

CPATA has retained an independent, third-party consultant to conduct a survey of licensed patent agents and trademark agents this summer. The purpose of this regulatory research is to gather information about IP agents and their practices which will inform policy and program development as well as risk analysis. With this data, CPATA’s oversight of the …

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CPATA seeks new Chief Executive Officer and Registrar

CPATA’s start-up Chief Executive Officer and Registrar (CEO) Darrel Pink will end his time with the College in December 2022. Over the past few years, Darrel, drawing from his extensive experience in regulation leadership, oversaw the coming-into-force and establishment of a new, modern and risk-based federal regulator in the intellectual property space. CPATA is now …

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CPATA Embarks on Groundbreaking IP Competency Initiative

Important work has already begun on CPATA’s competency initiative, a multi-year project to develop and implement technical and professional competency frameworks for agents. Broadly speaking, competency frameworks describe what an agent needs to be able to do in order to serve their clients’ best interests (this can include both technical knowledge and professional skills). This …

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CPATA Administers the Qualifying Examinations for the First Time

CPATA recently released the initial results of the Trademark Agent Qualifying Examinations and the Patent Agent Qualifying Examinations, administered for the first time by the College in November and December of 2021. CPATA became responsible for examinations for entry into the profession after its coming-into-force, taking over this process from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office …

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CPATA Publishes its Inaugural Annual Report 

CPATA’s first ever Annual Report is now available online.  2021 was a groundbreaking first year of operation for the College. Since the enactment of the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents Act in 2018, we have been busy building a transparent, comprehensive regulatory framework and infrastructure for the profession. With CPATA’s coming-into-force this past …

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Professional Liability Insurance  

Thank you to licensees who have reached out with questions regarding CPATA’s professional liability insurance requirements. We understand this is the first time that agents are required to hold professional liability insurance and that this can feel like a significant financial investment. For lawyer licensees, law society coverage may not meet CPATA’s requirements, leaving them …

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CPATA Provides Ethical Advice to Licensees regarding the Code of Professional Conduct through new Ethics Inquiry Form 

CPATA’s regulatory approach is modern and risk focused. It aims to be proactive, principled and proportionate. This means CPATA takes a regulatory approach that is agile and looks to adopt new ways of regulating toward excellence. CPATA sets ethical and practice standards for licensees and part of enforcing these standards means engaging a variety of …

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