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Information – Patent Agent Qualifying Examinations

Starting in 2024, to become licensed as a Patent Agent, a person (in addition to meeting other requirements) must successfully complete the required training and the following qualifying examinations:

  • Patent Knowledge Examination
  • Patent Agent Skills Examination Part 1
  • Patent Agent Skills Examination Part 2

Only Class 3 agents-in-training who have completed the training requirement are eligible to register for the exams.

Register to write the exams

2024 Dates

The deadline to register as a Class 3 agent-in-training to be considered for 2024 exams – January 31, 2024

Patent Knowledge Examinations – March 19, 2024

  • Registration Deadline – March 1, 2024
  • Accommodation Request Deadline – March 8, 2024
  • Candidate Orientation – February 27, 2024
  • Live Proctor Check-in – March 11 – 15, 2024
  • Results release – TBD

Patent Agent Skills Examinations – October 28-31, 2024

  • Other dates TBD

Exam Details

The Patent Knowledge Examination evaluates the patent-related, knowledge-
based technical competencies specified in the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents Technical Competencies.

Format: Online, closed book
Length: 4 hours
Questions: 135 multiple-choice questions with 4 possible answers

A test-taker must successfully demonstrate competence on the Knowledge Examination before attempting the Agent Skills Examination.

PATENT AGENT KNOWLEDGE EXAMINATION TEST SPECIFICATIONS

 

The Patent Agent Skills Examination Part 1 and the Patent Agent Skills Examination Part 2 are independent examinations that can be completed in any order. Each evaluates a subset of the patent-related, skills-based technical competencies specified in the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents Technical Competencies. Candidates who are successful with Part 1 (Components A and B) will be able to carry forward the successful attempt to future administrations if they are not successful on Part 2.

Part 1 (Components A and B)
Format:
online, limited open-book format (test-takers receiving electronic access to the Patent Act, RSC 1985, c P-4 and Patent Rules, SOR/2019-251).
Length: 3 hours on day 1, 3 hours on day 2
Questions: long and short answer written responses

The 2 components are scored together as a single examination.

PATENT AGENT SKILLS EXAMINATION PART 1 TEST SPECIFICATIONS

Part 2
Part 2 of the Patent Agent Skills Examination assesses the prosecution-, validity-, and infringement-related skills required of Patent Agents specified in the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents Technical Competencies.
Format:
online, limited open-book format (test-takers receiving electronic access to the Patent Act, RSC 1985, c P-4 and Patent Rules, SOR/2019-251).
Length: 3 hours on day 1, 3 hours on day 2
Questions: long and short answer written responses

PATENT AGENT SKILLS EXAMINATION PART 2 TEST SPECIFICATIONS

 

Fees

Patent Knowledge Examination – $350 + applicable taxes

Patent Agent Skills Examination:
Part 1 (Component A and B) – $700 + applicable taxes
Part 2 (Component A and B) – $700 + applicable taxes

Candidates who Passed Part of the Qualifying Examinations Previously

Please note, there will be no carry forward of previously passed Papers after 2023. For example, if a candidate has passed Papers A and B but not Papers C and D in 2022 or 2023, they will not be able to carry forward Papers A and B after 2023. In other words, they will start the exam process from the beginning, with the Knowledge Exams, in 2024. 

Questions

For any questions, please contact registration-inscription@cpata-cabamc.ca